The Star Wars saga has produced its fair share of WTF-isms over the many years since A New Hope dropped, from ewoks to gungans to making ghost Vader at the end of Jedi Hayden Christensen, but shutting down a small thirteen-hour marathon of the saga may top the list.
A small bar in Brooklyn was going to have a free showing of all six episodes over one thirteen-hour period until a cease-and-desist order was sent by LucasFilms, much to the disappointment of around 200 people. That’s pretty lame.
Now, before you get up in arms about needing permission, et cetera, yes, you need to go through the proper channels when doing something like this, and yes, LucasFilms has every right to protect their property, there’s no doubt there. It just seems like, especially since there was no cover and any revenue from the event would be in alcohol (Lord knows I take a shot every time Jar Jar opens his mouth), there shouldn’t have been that much hub-bub.
This just goes to show you, if you’re going to plan an event like this, go guerrilla, like the Rebel Alliance. Just make sure you have someone watching the door to year the obligatory “IT’S A TRAP!” when the LucasFilms stormtroopers come for you.[Via CinemaBlend]