George Lucas‘s ill-chosen words on The Charlie Rose Show have led to a New Year’s Eve apology.
The Star Wars creator referred to the brand’s parent company, The Walt Disney Company, as “white slavers” during an hour long interview with Rose. In the clip, Lucas’s regret can be seen immediately after trying to laugh off the statement, but further words were necessary as the public began to focus on the image he conjured.
“I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize,” Lucas said in a statement. “I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership.”
“White slavery” has a very specific connotations of Europeans becoming enslaved by non-Europeans and women sold into sex slavery.
Though it is clear from the interview, and previous comments, that Lucas is not overly fond of the direction Disney took the series with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, referring to the films as “my kids,” comparing it to selling your kids into the sex trade seems overstating the point and a really poor choice of imagery.