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Author Topic: "The Star Wars Kid" <---check this out!  (Read 1174 times)
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« on: August 22, 2003, 08:25:47 »

Well, this will be my 1000th post.  I had always imagined I might post something amazing, like the day I finally went and scared my mother in law in the RTZ or something like that.  JK!  Instead I am posting the link to where you can download the Star Wars Kid videos:

http://www.statesman.com/life/content/news/082203/0822starwars.html

Click on the links below the photos.  The first is the original video, the second is the "remix."

I hope this kid can learn to enjoy his new found fame, I mean dang, he is getting free stuff....and don't we all want free "stuff"[Wink]
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2003, 10:34:11 »

!! what a great 1000th post ! well done !
Mark

ps im downloading it right now...
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2003, 10:34:11 »

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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2003, 11:27:20 »

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!   That was too funny!!

Thanks! I was needing a laugh today.[Tongue]
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2003, 16:38:42 »

Hey, congratulations amigo! [Cheesy] In the time I've been here I've always looked forward to your posts, and I like the topics you start too.

(p.s. thanks for the funny link too)

Very best,
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2003, 17:57:54 »

Ah gee Nick, [:I] thanks!

[8D]

This StarWars thing is great!  I mean, part of me feels bad for the poor kid, but at the same time, thisis classic stuff...and you know, he might be akward, but he actually has a few moments when I think he looks pretty cool.  

Anyway, get version 2.0, it'll make you laugh till you cry...well, it'll make you laugh at least:

http://www.jedimaster.net/
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2003, 08:12:51 »

'Star Wars Kid' born out of private moment on tape
Thursday, August 21, 2003 Posted: 3:33 PM EDT (1933 GMT)
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(AP) -- It was a moment of unadulterated goofiness, the kind of thing anyone might do with no one watching: A teen from Quebec videotaped himself as he pretended to wield a light saber "Star Wars" style.
 
But that private moment went public, very public, when classmates at his high school found the tape in a cabinet and uploaded it onto an Internet file-sharing site this past spring.

Now Ghyslain Raza is known far and wide as the "Star Wars Kid," with a fan base that only seems to be growing -- even though he doesn't want the attention.

The video shows the slightly portly teen awkwardly twirling a golf ball retriever like "Star Wars" bad guy Darth Maul, and has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. Web sites have been dedicated to the youth. Supporters have raised money for him. And several techies have created their own "clone" versions of the video, adding sound and visual effects or placing his image in any number of backdrops -- from "The Hulk" to "The Matrix."

Many teens who post their images on the Web would probably be thrilled to get this kind of attention. But Ghyslain, who made the video while doing a school project when he was 15, has said he didn't intend for it to be seen by his classmates, let alone people across the world.

"I want my life back," he said in an e-mail interview with the National Post newspaper, a Canadian daily.

Claiming that their son has been humiliated, his parents are suing the parents of the teens who put the video on the Web.

Some say the case may become a step toward setting privacy standards on the Internet, which has been difficult terrain to police. But in the meantime, Web surfers are having a field day with Ghyslain's image on any number of sites.

Elizabeth Murphy, a production manager for a Web design company in New York, says she finds herself visiting one of the sites often.

"Contrary to popular belief, I think it is not the Jedi kid's awkwardness that keeps him in people's hearts but his undeniable enthusiasm for what he is doing," Murphy says. "While I feel bad for him because he hates his new found popularity, I revisit the site anytime I am feeling down. It just cracks me up. I love this kid!"

Resonating with Web surfers
Experts say it's no wonder the video has only increased in popularity.

"It resonates because we all know what it is like to have moments like that," says Patricia Leavy, a sociology professor at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, who specializes in popular culture.

"Personally, I sing and bop along to TV theme songs," she adds. "Embarrassing, yes. But also a part of being human."

Ghyslain's lawyer, Francois Vigeant, declined to comment, citing an upcoming court hearing. He said the teen and his parents, who live in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, also were declining interviews.

Meanwhile, the teen's supporters are working on his behalf.

Andy Baio, a 26-year-old computer programmer from Santa Monica, California, helped lead a fund-raising campaign for Ghyslain -- and claims to have purchased an iPod music player and gift certificates for him.

Others have started a petition to get him into the next "Star Wars" movie, which Lucasfilm Ltd. is currently filming in Australia.

A spokeswoman at the California-based film company would not say whether filmmaker George Lucas is considering the request.

"We are deeply saddened by this current situation and any difficulties this uninvited publicity might be causing [Ghyslain] and his family," spokeswoman Jeanne Cole said. "We have no other statement."

Regardless, many "Star Wars" fans hope Ghyslain will learn to enjoy his newfound fame.

"I guess I can feel his pain because it's so big," says Joshua Griffin, editor of TheForce.net, a Web site of "Star Wars" trivia and gossip. "But part of me thinks he should enjoy this. Drop the lawsuit and embrace this."

Griffin admits that he enjoys watching the video clips of Ghyslain.

"I definitely want to respect the kid's privacy. But...," he says, starting to laugh, "It's so funny. He's the 'Star Wars Kid' in all of us."

Still others applaud the lawsuit, and hope it will help set stricter Internet privacy standards.

"We need to ask 'What kind of culture are we going to have?"' says Lynn Schofield Clark, director of the Teens and the New Media @ Home project at the University of Colorado. "I'm hoping we're able to be a society where we do provide people's right to privacy and dignity."

But Baio warns that the lesson is "if you don't want to risk being the next Star Wars Kid, you should be very careful about what you videotape and where you keep it."





HAS ANYONE SEEN THIS?
IF YOU HAVE, PLEASE POST A LINK TO WHERE WE CAN FIND AND DOWNLOAD IT, THANKS!

ps- I think he should capitalize of it, who cares if he looks goofy???
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