The Stars Wars writer/ director says the comment was a joke and was out of line
George Lucas has apologised for calling Disney ‘White Slavers’, saying he used a “very inappropriate analogy,” and adding that Disney are doing “an incredible job.”
Lucas has been working with Disney for decades, but sold off his ownership of the Star Wars franchise to the giant a few years ago, leading to their production of the latest in the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Lucas had made the “white slavers” comment in an interview with American talk show host Charlie Rose, saying in reference to the sale that the company “bought his kids.”
He added “They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that. They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway, but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore, and all I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”
Lucas’ full statement retracting the “white slavers” comment and given to the Hollywood Reporter, reads as follows:
“I want to clarify my interview on the Charlie Rose Show. It was for the Kennedy Center Honors and conducted prior to the premiere of the film. I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize.
“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. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise.
“I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of JJ and Kathy.”