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The Star Wars Kid Is Back

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the embrace-your-fame-you-will dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "It was eight years ago that Ghyslain Raza slashed his way into our hearts with his Star Wars Kid video. Sadly, Raza suffered from severe bullying and abuse for his video and eventually ended up in a psychiatric ward for children. However, his video was seen 1 billion times and multiple thousands of geeks came immediately to his defense. While those must have been the worst years of his life, things are now looking up."

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Wow, how sad is it that (1, Offtopic)

Scott Lockwood (218839) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509676)

you used to hear these things on slashdot FIRST, sometimes several days ahead of the mainstream media, and now slashdot is at least a week behind. This is old, old news at this point.

Re:Wow, how sad is it that (5, Insightful)

RabbitWho (1805112) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509730)

It's your fault for reading it somewhere else and not immediately posting it here. Ask not what Slashdot can do for you, ask what you can do for Slashdot!

Re:Wow, how sad is it that (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509842)

I would, but CmdrTaco would steal my fuckin story.

Post news on slashdot? PAH! More like let Slashdot Moderators steal storys I send in.

They screwed over their own people, and now they wonder why no one gives them good stories anymore

Re:Wow, how sad is it that (5, Insightful)

twistedsymphony (956982) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510086)

It's your fault for reading it somewhere else and not immediately posting it here. Ask not what Slashdot can do for you, ask what you can do for Slashdot!

I used to do that all the time, but I got tired of my submissions getting passed over for days/(weeks) and then once the rest of the major online media outlets decided it was worthy to report someone else's late submission got pushed though.

Why should I waste my time with submissions that never go though when making snarky comments is infinitely more entertaining and rewarding?

Re:Wow, how sad is it that (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510534)

And thus the appeal of digg or reddit or metafilter or really any sort of site that uses user-submitted content that does it in a timely manner or has some sort of quality control -- cf also dupe stories (which are so common that they're literally a joke).

Slashdot's admin/editors take note.

Re:Wow, how sad is it that (2, Insightful)

GarryFre (886347) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510638)

I too used to write stuff and post it to slashdot, or find something interesting and have it rejected while stuff that was not half as interesting got through. ... Oh some of the stuff I posted I considered not that great, but I figured, what the hey, if the other stuff gets through maybe this will. I gave up. I really do think its a club ... if you are not part of the club you don't get your stuff published but I didn't come here to talk about this, I came to comment on that kid being bullied.... In high school, assholes abound so much that instead of acne they should be sprouting assholes instead of little bumps. Too many punks getting away with insanity. They should have patted the kid on the back and told him it was a cool video - Which it was!!!! Maybe instead of having emotional damage he might have started feeling better about himself and work out and be buffed up or become the next Spielberg or George Lucas.

Re:Wow, how sad is it that (1, Offtopic)

howman (170527) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510226)

Funny how in the last number of years /. has moved down my list of bookmarks from top sopt to check in order to 5 or 6th in the list...

Re:Wow, how sad is it that (1)

dintech (998802) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510392)

I'm genuinely interested in what the others are. Care to share a couple?

(fark and 4chan need not apply. :) )

Re:Wow, how sad is it that (1)

Mr. DOS (1276020) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510842)

Reddit [reddit.com] is very current, and the comment system, while not as good as Slashdot, isn't entirely intolerable.

Re:Wow, how sad is it that (1)

Zerth (26112) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510396)

And which sites, exactly, have taken the top spots?

Re:Wow, how sad is it that (2, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510298)

It's because they are submitted on time, but the editors are so fricking lazy that things will sit waiting for submission for a week at a time.

Honestly, it's not that hard to dig through the submissions, I have looked at the firehose and they are not getting 80 submissions a second.

Re:Wow, how sad is it that (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510694)

Not very sad.

Hold on, that was one of those rhetorical thingammies, where you pretend to lack information but are actually setting up to make a lame point, wasn't it?

is this news? (1)

zoomshorts (137587) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509684)

So what?

Re:is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510260)

This is IDLE.slashdot.org, of course it's "so what" material, duh.

Didn't he get an iPod? (3, Informative)

wandazulu (265281) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509688)

As I recall, there was a group of people who contributed to buying him an iPod as a way of trying to show that not everyone who saw the video was laughing at him. Any idea whether he got it? TFA doesn't mention it.

Re:Didn't he get an iPod? (4, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509750)

I laughed at him. I laugh my ass off. I laughed for the same reason most people laughed. We''ve all done something that turned out to be massively embarrassing.

If you say you didn't laugh, I suspect you are impaired or a liar.

Re:Didn't he get an iPod? (3, Insightful)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509772)

I didn't, I thought the video was awesome.

Re:Didn't he get an iPod? (0, Troll)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509846)

Impared.

Re:Didn't he get an iPod? (2, Funny)

tgd (2822) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510084)

Now we're laughing at you, instead.

Re:Didn't he get an iPod? (5, Insightful)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510104)

I have an impairment called "empathy". That video made me sad, because I could imagine the position that kid was in.

Sucks to be me, I guess.

I did not laugh at him (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510366)

I did not laugh at him, but I laughed at the people who did laugh. Its difficult for me to believe that even among so-called adults there is no respect for performance art and no more respect for geek expression than was learnt in grammar school. I pity those who laugh with disrespect and I laugh ruefully at people I pity. I still respect their opinion, but I pity them for being closed of mind and heart.

I'm laughing at you now. Its brightened my day.

Re:Didn't he get an iPod? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510416)

I laughed.

Still, children are undeveloped human beings and anyone holding their silly antics against them is rather undeveloped as well.

I do not take any resposibility for any stupid shit I said or did as a kid. I am not the same person.

Re:Didn't he get an iPod? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509762)

When you make a personal video acting out and some friends of yours post it on the internets thereby making a billion people laugh, it's not that much of a consolation to "get a free iPod". I think he declined.

Although the video was hilarious, I am happy it worked out in the end.

Re:Didn't he get an iPod? (1)

daemonenwind (178848) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509904)

I seem to recall that they collected so much money, they not only bought him an iPod, but a mac laptop as well.

Re:Didn't he get an iPod? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510272)

I doubt an iPod is going to mean anything to him compared to the $250k or whatever settlement he got out of the lawsuits resulting from the video..

Those who can DO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509692)

Those who can't sue.

I'm sorry to hear that the Star Wars kid decided to be a blood sucking lawyer.

I hope he at least gets a BJ or two out of it.

Re:Those who can DO (4, Insightful)

couchslug (175151) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509864)

"I'm sorry to hear that the Star Wars kid decided to be a blood sucking lawyer."

Yep, they're all evil until YOU need one to help you navigate the law, or until the EFF uses them to fight for your rights.
Lawyers don't sue, PLAINTIFFS sue.

Re:Those who can DO (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509992)

They're all evil until proven good. The problem with the reputation of lawyers as a class is that the majority of them have proven themselves willing to take frivolous or evil cases and pursue them to the best of their ability. If you stand in the service of evil, expect to be rightly derided and hated.

Re:Those who can DO (2, Insightful)

localman57 (1340533) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510482)

majority of them have proven themselves willing to take frivolous or evil cases

Citation???? "Majority" is a very specific word, with a specific meaning, which is not equal to "lots"

In short, this is utter bullshit. Most lawers never set foot in a courtroom and take "Cases" in the adversarial us vs them sense. They are the people who write contracts, advise clients on how to be compliant with truckloads of government regulations, etc.

Re:Those who can DO (5, Informative)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510210)

Yep, they're all evil until YOU need one to help you navigate the law, or until the EFF uses them to fight for your rights.

Speaking as someone who got charged with a crime he didn't commit, my lawyer saved my ass.

There's also NewYorkCountryLawyer to consider. Not all lawyers are evil ambulance chasers you know.....

Re:Those who can DO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510222)

Good point.

When a bloodsucking lawyer screws me over I may need another bloodsucking lawyer to protect me.

I'll be sure to remember your wise words as I hand over my life savings to the lawyer I've hired to protect me from other lawyers.

Re:Those who can DO (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510632)

"I'm sorry to hear that the Star Wars kid decided to be a blood sucking lawyer."

Yep, they're all evil until YOU need one to help you navigate the law, or until the EFF uses them to fight for your rights. Lawyers don't sue, PLAINTIFFS sue.

Except that the reason you need a lawyer to navigate the law is because the law is written by and for lawyers. If it wasn't for evil lawyers, you wouldn't need lawyers to navigate the law or to fight for your rights.
This is not to say that lawyers are not a necessary part of society. Unfortunately, we have allowed lawyers to write our laws, interpret our laws and determine who is allowed to make money from assisting others in navigating the law.

Re:Those who can DO (2, Interesting)

paulsnx2 (453081) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510668)

I absolutely agree. You can't whitewash all lawyers as blood suckers just because most of them are. After all, like the joke goes, 99 percent of the lawyers give 1 percent of the lawyers a bad name. But let's look at this a bit more realistically.

The worst of the worst of the lawyers are the ones WE elect to make the laws and run the legal system that is their life blood. Does anyone really believe that lawyers are primarily concerned with the common good as opposed to what is good for their profession/friends/contributors? Your NEED for lawyers would be dramatically reduced if lawyers were not running things. So why do we keep electing these bozos?

Lastly, plaintiffs might be the ones that sue, but it is the lawyers by far and large that take home the booty. If they are the primary beneficiaries of a system they as a profession construct, maintain, run, and profit by, then why blame the plaintiffs? The plaintiffs often suffer nearly as much at the hands of the system as the defendants.

Bullies (1)

Comboman (895500) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510754)

If you promise to help a bully with his homework, he might protect you from other bullies trying to beat you up. It doesn't mean bullies aren't evil, it just means they are occasionally useful to combat other bullies.

The worst thing about lawyers is that some eventually become politicians, creating unnecessarily complex laws that require yet more lawyers to navigate (no conflict-of-interest there).

Hmm... (1)

AlexiaDeath (1616055) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509698)

He looks cute older.

Re:Hmm... (1)

RabbitWho (1805112) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509746)

And he has so many coolness points, when you get to 19 and you leave school suddenly being a nerd is the coolest thing to be! Man if that's not cool I don't wanna know what is.

Re:Hmm... (2, Informative)

zwei2stein (782480) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509800)

Of course, he is lawyer now.

Ain't this fate of most bullied nerds? They get attractive ... jobs later. (And opportunity for "lolno, not dating you" to what where popular girls at school)

Who? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509712)

Never heard of him

Actually... (3, Insightful)

FlyByPC (841016) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509714)

There are millions of lawyers, but there is only one Star Wars Kid. Dare to be different!

Re:Actually... (-1, Offtopic)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509792)

You mean like the millions of Mac fanbois that think different?

Re:Actually... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509916)

The force is strong in this one...

Take a good look in the mirror... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509718)

I bet we all played with some sort of wooden sword for make believe purposes at one time. It's called childhood. It's too bad that it's the easy way to find fun at someone else's expense.

Re:Take a good look in the mirror... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509958)

I bet we all played with some sort of wooden sword for make believe purposes at one time. It's called childhood

Yes, many of us have played with wooden sword during childhood, but this douchebag was 14 when he made the video. If he was 8, no one would have made fun of him. At 14, it was long past the time to grow the fuck up.

Re:Take a good look in the mirror... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510072)

Don't be an evil, spiteful, little soul. He didn't lose his imagination. His ability to be something greater than what he was currently. You've let your soul shrivel, I'm glad not everyone is like you.

Re:Take a good look in the mirror... (1)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510710)

At 14, it was long past the time to grow the fuck up.

Only children are concerned about such things. When do you plan on growing up?

tail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509726)

I hope this dude is getting all the woman he wants.

Glad things turned out well (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509734)

I was worried that his negative experience would turn him into a ruthless, soulless shell of a human being. Thank god he became a lawyer instead.

Re:Glad things turned out well (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509766)

I was worried that his negative experience would turn him into a ruthless, soulless shell of a human being. Thank god he became a lawyer instead.

When we last saw him, he was but the client. Now he is the lawyer.

Re:Glad things turned out well (4, Insightful)

cranky_chemist (1592441) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510070)

Make all the lawyer jokes you want, but if this kid had picked up a gun and smoked 4 or 5 of his tormentors, we'd all be having a very different conversation right now. That he has managed to do anything productive with his life is a testament to his mental and moral fortitude.

Re:Glad things turned out well (1)

lordmetroid (708723) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510138)

Becomming a lawyer creates no value to the society, there is no production that occurs.

Re:Glad things turned out well (4, Insightful)

FreonTrip (694097) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510430)

But as someone who knows the ins and outs of the law, you are qualified to defend those who do produce value from those who would exploit or stop them.

Re:Glad things turned out well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510404)

"mental and moral fortitude."

He joined the dark side. Hardly moral fortitude.

Better Title: Return of the Jedi? (5, Funny)

xednieht (1117791) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509754)

Clearly this article was not submitted by a "true" Star Wars fan. Use the force dude, use the force.

Slashdot is NOT helping here... (5, Interesting)

captainpanic (1173915) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509758)

He was anonymous again. Took him 8 years. His 15 minutes of fame were finally forgotten. He could continue with his life.

Now Slashdot and that other website (rtfa) put up his picture, location, job/study... which will show up in every google search for the "Star Wars Kid", forever linking his new life to that old one.

It's quite disappointing to see that his address, email, phone number, and the name of his friends and girlfriend (if any) are missing. Can we all have that too please, so that it's easier to ruin the rest of his life too? :-)

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (1)

qoncept (599709) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509856)

name of his friends and girlfriend (if any)

Heh, heh.

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (1)

EddyPearson (901263) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509914)

Too fucking right. Responsible journalism this is not. Idle or otherwise.

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (-1, Troll)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509920)

I think that the guy sucks for not parlaying all that exposure into something.

By being a whiny douche about it, it missed out on all kinds of opportunities. I mean when 1 billion people know who you are, you have serious marketability. I mean 1 billion people probably don't know who Barack Obama is.

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (1)

Tolkien (664315) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510074)

1 billion people don't know who he is.

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (5, Insightful)

Vahokif (1292866) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510108)

Yeah, shame on him for not wanting to relive his most painful childhood memory every day.

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (2, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510246)

Why not? Another [slashdot.org] /.'er does ;)

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (0)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510578)

"Most painful" or not, the Infamous Incident in the Captain's Ready Room was only an allegation.

You think the guy sucks? (1)

JohnnySkidmarks (607274) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510164)

Who gives a crap what he did or didn't do beyond that original masterpiece? What he did came from a place of passion and love of life, not something based on a desire to please or make money.

Imagine your disappointment if he would have gone on to make a sucky prequel!

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510642)

I think that the guy sucks for not parlaying all that exposure into something.

Spoken like a true marketing idiot. Not everyone is a fame whore and thinks that fame == $$. Think about it: if he wanted fame, he'd have uploaded the video himself. The kid is a nerd at heart and did something that he thought was cool -- and he had fun doing it. Yeah, I laughed when I saw the video, but I also thought it was pretty cool; there's nothing wrong with a kid indulging his sci-fi fantasy. He had fun making a tape then tossed it aside. How is it that he sucks just because he didn't react to his fame with dollar signs in his eyes? The "opportunities" you speak of are not necessarily opportunities to everyone. So he sucks because he doesn't have the greedy mindset that you have? Who the hell modded this "Insightful" ?!

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (1)

Xacid (560407) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509930)

I find it comforting in a way...like a "look at me now, bitches".

I wasn't laughing at you, Star Wars Kid, I was laughing with you - because like the rest of us here on Slashdot: We've probably done similiar if not sillier shit in our childhoods.

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510000)

We've probably done similiar if not sillier shit in our childhoods.

Most of us hopefully stopped doing such things long before we were 14...

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (2, Insightful)

SoupGuru (723634) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509950)

He'll never be able to hide from it. He has to embrace it. Own it. "Yes, I'm the Star Wars kid. Thankfully, lightsaber skills aren't a requirement for this job!" Ha ha. We've all done stupid shit in our lives. His happened to be seen by a lot more people and that really sucks. I'm not saying it's easy but he has to come to terms with it.

And who knows, maybe this news story is coming from him. Maybe he's finally ready to get back out there.

Look at Tron Guy. He's owned it. Good lord, I would have wanted to lock myself away for a while after hearing what people were saying after seeing the pics. But he rolled with it. Of course, he was a bit more "mature" than a highschooler and that could explain the differences is how they dealed with their "fame".

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (1)

tmk (712144) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509994)

Exactly what I thought when I saw it on engadget & Co.

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (2, Insightful)

Morty (32057) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510080)

Aging changes perspective. For a high school kid, appearing as a fat, awkward kid in a famous internet video is epic shame. But for an adult angling to be a lawyer and a politician, *having appeared* some years before in a famous internet video is a great advantage. I rather think he has come to terms with his fame and is using it to his advantage. Good for him.

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (1)

i.r.id10t (595143) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510640)

My client is not the suspect you are looking for...

Re:Slashdot is NOT helping here... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510242)

You think it's bad for him, just think about what those poor Gosselin kids [wikipedia.org] will have to go through. It will another 12 years before they finally escape being made fun of at a public school (maybe longer if Mommy continues to hold them back from full-time school so they can spend more time filming cool vacations)

Boxxy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509768)

Great! Can't wait to see how Boxxy turns out!

Re:Boxxy (1)

kidgenius (704962) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509908)

Mother of God no! We DONT need Boxxy at all. Let the the btards have her.

at least he's not crawford (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509796)

seriously, that dude needs to be medicated with horse tranquilizers and stuck in a padded room without internet access. Solving the software problem? Fuck, it's pushing 5 years and he hasn't managed to build a gui front end for libvorbis. Oh, but he's not a programmer (no shit), he's a debugger. A super debugger. He can find bugs merely by looking at source code. Ooh, so can I, so can any competent programmer. That's the whole point of code reviews, that's why there's a phrase: "many eyes make bugs shallow". Except we don't consider baseline competence to be some sort of God-like feat.

omg did you see the video (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509830)

that is HILARIOUS!

The Darkside (5, Funny)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509836)

... he’s putting his litigious experience to some use, getting his law degree at McGill University in Montreal.

So, he went to the Darkside.

See what happens when you bully kids?

High School Was the Worst Years for Me as Well (4, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#32509862)

I don't think he's alone when they say that the worst years of my life were, in fact, high school. Cliques full of assholes and status seeking social climbing butterflies pretty much achieved status by picking on people like me. I actually found the group of punks (smoking, piercings, tattoos, apathy, loud music, etc) to be the most welcoming group of people despite my lack of smoking, the fact that I listened to The Beatles and watched X-Files. The only people that seemed to really thrive in that crap were the popular kids and college was a welcomed change. I went from having four or five close friends in high school to entire crowds of people that I loved to talk to.

Having been made fun of for reading Star Wars books in grade school, I sympathize with this kid though my pain was not on a global level like his. Still, I bet if you asked him now if he could go back and do things differently it would probably be better not to sue and instead milk that fifteen minutes by going on SNL or Conan O'Brien or even trying for a cameo in one of the Wayans Brothers' parody comedy flicks. Jesus, I bet he could make good money if he charged $5,000 per video and set up a site where he recorded himself doing his spiel and saying "Happy Birthday <insert your name here>" or "I only twirl around like a moron when I'm eating my <insert your food product here>!" And then just kept rerecording himself doing that. You might as well milk it and have fun with it ...

Anybody know how Daniel Tosh gets around these potential lawsuits when he displays videos on Comedy Central in his show Tosh.0? I mean, I'm sure he gets permission first or it comes from a country with lax copyright laws but what kind of logic do they pitch to the guys that do just outrageously stupid things? "You did something stupid by starting a gasoline can on fire but you have the chance to do something smart and let me show it?"

Re:High School Was the Worst Years for Me as Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509976)

If you get so upset over a set of meat-flapping noises someone makes at you with their breathing-hole; you've some serious weaksauce in the character department.

Re:High School Was the Worst Years for Me as Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510002)

If you get so upset over a set of meat-flapping noises someone makes at you with their breathing-hole; you've some serious weaksauce in the character department.

I'm sorry, we're not all hardened war veterans at age fifteen. And keep in mind even those people can break under solitary confinement.

Re:High School Was the Worst Years for Me as Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510216)

Yeah, and you've got some serious issues in the arrogance department, which clearly shows your character deformation.

Re:High School Was the Worst Years for Me as Well (1)

WilyCoder (736280) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510056)

I agree with you about high school. However, I found college to be just as bad. The college I went to had a HUGE frat/sorority presence, and it was like high school all over again, minus the bullying.

I did my best to focus on the research going on at my college, but as soon as you left the building you saw those frat douchebags with their faux-football jerseys parading around campus with all the absent-minded hot sorority chicks.

Re:High School Was the Worst Years for Me as Well (3, Interesting)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510474)

Actually, I was in a frat and found it quite welcoming (and a valuable social experience). Not all frats are a bunch of super-douchebags or the equivalent of the Betas in Revenge of the Nerds, you know. Actually, it was my experience that most of the anti-frat types were WAY more snobbish and bigoted than most of the fraternities themselves ever were.

Re:High School Was the Worst Years for Me as Well (3, Interesting)

MadKeithV (102058) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510058)

I was (and am) one of the "punk" group. Long hair, beard, listening to metal, playing guitar in various bands. I was (and am) also a geek/nerd, but I was protected from being picked on by being more obviously in the first group than in the latter group. I tried to step in whenever I saw the "popular kids" picking on what they thought was an easy target, just because it was (according to them) the cool thing to do. I'm still friends with a lot of those other nerds/geeks, and some of the punks. I don't even REMEMBER the "popular kids".

Re:High School Was the Worst Years for Me as Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510068)

You should look up something called "fair use"

Re:High School Was the Worst Years for Me as Well (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510552)

I think his was a fair question. "Fair Use" and broadcasting are real gray areas. When I worked briefly in broadcasting, they wouldn't even let us hum a song on the air if we didn't have permission (which cost $). I too am curious how he can get away with play whole videos without permission.

Re:High School Was the Worst Years for Me as Well (3, Interesting)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510308)

I don't think he's alone when they say that the worst years of my life were, in fact, high school. Cliques full of assholes and status seeking social climbing butterflies pretty much achieved status by picking on people like me.

"Do you know who Marcel Proust is? French writer. Total loser. Never had a real job. Unrequited love affairs. Gay. Spent 20 years writing a book almost no one reads. But he's also probably the greatest writer since Shakespeare. Anyway, he uh... he gets down to the end of his life, and he looks back and decides that all those years he suffered, Those were the best years of his life, 'cause they made him who he was. All those years he was happy? You know, total waste. Didn't learn a thing. So, if you sleep until you're 18... Ah, think of the suffering you're gonna miss. I mean high school? High school-those are your prime suffering years. You don't get better suffering than that." -Frank, Little Miss Sunshine

Re:High School Was the Worst Years for Me as Well (2, Insightful)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510506)

High School was bad for me as well... But now I realize it was because I didn't handle it well, and compared to the rest of life, it wasn't really that bad. If I knew what I know now, I'd have ruled that school.

Re:High School Was the Worst Years for Me as Well (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510592)

For myself, Junior High School was by far and away the worst for bullying. By the time I got into High School, most of the idiots and creeps that were picking on me had either moved along to other things, dropped out, or found other targets. There were still some idiots that tried to do stupid stuff, but I eventually got over it.

My parents also helped here, as they also got the local police involved and had a uniformed police officer talk to some of these creeps that were after me. One of the kids (I think seriously) didn't know that beating the crap out of a kid was illegal and that spending time in jail was a likely outcome from that kind of behavior. The verbal abuse I can generally handle, but some of the physical abuse I got at the hands of some of these idiots is something that I still have scars from decades later. My mother (and now my wife too) says it gives me "character". Yeah, right! A couple of my broken bones never really did heal.

On the "positive" side, one of the big bullies that went after me also made the mistake of driving a stolen car with a huge stash of "controlled substances"... and spent twenty years (that I know of) in the state prison system. Somehow I found that to be very satisfying when I found out. He stole the car at the age of 18, so essentially threw away his life and didn't even graduate from high school unless he somehow finished in prison.

slashnerds want to know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32509866)

Does anyone know his midiclorian count?

Re:slashnerds want to know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510106)

It's over 9000!

Bless him (1)

Crookdotter (1297179) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510014)

I'm glad he's doing fine. I'm sure 99% of the nerdocracy wish him well. Especially from me since I made a SW kid video.

Good luck to him, but now we should leave him alone.

Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Trois-Rivi (1)

aapold (753705) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510026)

At this point, being where "Star Wars Kid" happened IS the cultural heritage of Trois-Rivières. I mean I'm sure other important cultural things have happened there, but all of them pale in comparison.

There should be a monument at the location, along with informative kiosks and a mini-theater playing the video. You should be able to buy replica golf sabers, pose for pictures with cardboard cutouts of Ghyslain, and get to film yourself in the same room...

Such is how things go (1, Insightful)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510038)

Sure, he was a nerdy kid, but the reality is nerdy kids typically make the most money after they get older. After-all, most are relatively intelligent, and most are going to go on to college. The attributes that draw ire from your high school peers are what often translate very well into sucess in a career.

The high school girls are all swooning over that guy on the football team with a letter jacket. The 20-something girls though are swooning over the guy with the party-boat down at the marina.

Get laid more as a teenager or more when you're in you're 30's. Kind of a trade-off really.

Just like Steve Bartman.. (1)

HockeyPuck (141947) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510048)

This guy is no different than Steve Bartman [wikipedia.org] who made a mistake as a fan that could have been anybody. He was chastised, ridiculed and pretty much couldn't return to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs ever again. One ESPN writer did hunt him down [go.com] a few years later.

Reality vs. TV (2, Insightful)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510076)

What's sad is that in the day and age where Napoleon Dynamite is a big selling movie and cool, he's only ironically cool and for anyone who actually does do something in real life that's funny or etc. they get bullied forever and there appear to be no consequences for the bullies.

Venture Bros Episode : The Tag Sale (1)

JoshDM (741866) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510130)

The best was when The Venture Bros. did a take on The Star Wars kid in their episode "Tag Sale" in their first season; pretty much the all-around best episode ever to showcase the show concept, right next to the one with Race Bannon.

Re:Venture Bros Episode : The Tag Sale (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510312)

So did Arrested Development - whenever the Bluths recorded anything on a VCR, it would always be preceded by a leftover fragment of George-Michael doing the Star Wars Kid act.

The story continues (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#32510274)

[Paul Harvey] ... and now you know... the rest of the story. [/Paul Harvey]

What? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510336)

Who is the forty year old accountant in the picture? Is that what early 20-something men look like these days?

Why is IDLE always broken? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510348)

The slider to adjust the comment threshold is ALWAYS broken for IDLE. Works fine for other /. stories, just not for IDLE. Whoever is in charge of IDLE needs to be fired.

Uncanny Resemblance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32510454)

Who knew... Joaquin Phoenix was the Star Wars kid.

Learn something new every day.

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