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Star Wars Kid Cuts a Deal With His Tormentors

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the suck-it-up-kid dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Ghyslain Raza, who gained instant online fame as the 'Star Wars Kid' settled this week with the families of the three classmates who posted his two minute Lucasfilm screen test on the Internet. No details were released but the suit sought damages of $351,000. A victory for the victims of cyber-bullying, or missed chance by thin-skinned Ghyslain to cash-in as the next William 'She Bangs' Hung?"

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Hindsight is 20/20 (4, Interesting)

suso (153703) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084939)

It may not be always obvious what the right thing is to do when you're in a situation like Ghyslain's. How was he to know that the reaction to how he and his parents handled his situation would be overall frowned upon. He had a chance to make something that was embarrasing work out really well for him. But nobody likes a whiner. I only hope that other kids can learn from his situation and make the most of their own problems.

Re:Hindsight is 20/20 (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084993)

> It may not be always obvious what the right thing is to do when you're in a situation like Ghyslain's.

Well, we can thank him for this much. Next time any of us is in a situation where we're dancing around playing "air lightsaber" (or even just air guitar), at least we can safely scratch "videotape it" off the list of "right things to do".

Schadenfreude: The joy of learning from other people's mistakes.

Re:Hindsight is 20/20 (3, Informative)

thefirelane (586885) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085131)

nit pick: Schadenfreude doesn't imply the joy is from learning from their mistakes, but taking joy in the fact that the mistake happened.

Please clairfy (2, Insightful)

GuloGulo (959533) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085004)

"How was he to know that the reaction to how he and his parents handled his situation would be overall frowned upon."

Is there some instance where you think people will be sympathetic to someone filing a ridiculous, frivoulous lawsuit for... *GASP*... embarassment?

This kid wasted the court's time, wasted resources, and made an even bigger ass of himself as a result.

Re:Please clairfy (1, Funny)

sarlos (903082) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085028)

But... But... think of the poor kid's self esteem! It must be completely shot!

Re:Please clairfy (1)

Leon_Trotsky (702427) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085140)

Wasted? I don't know about that. He can now sit in his room and count his cash and laugh at the bastards that taunted him. Good on ya Ghyslain.

Re:Please clairfy (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085195)

How do you know he got anything? How do you know that what he got is in any way a significant sum?

Oh wait, you're jumping to an unfounded conclusion, I forgot I was on Slashdot.

Re:Hindsight is 20/20 (5, Insightful)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085012)

I would hope for the other way round, but unfortunately it won't happen.
The kids who posted this without thinking how it would affect his life are the ones who should be learning from this.
Fame is a fickle thing, some people try their whole lives to get it, others try to stay away from it. Being forced into a difficult situation IS bullying, and I hope this kid can grow out of his stereotype.

Everybody does stupid things, but to be reminded about them every single day must be hell.

Re:Hindsight is 20/20 (0)

Braino420 (896819) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085205)

The kids who posted this without thinking how it would affect his life are the ones who should be learning from this.

Those kids were just being kids, everyone in that situation would have done the same thing. I would say Raza should have thought how video taping this ridiculous video AND LEAVING IT IN THE SCHOOL TV STUDIO would affect his life. I mean, did he expect no one to see it there?

It sound to me like this kid doesn't know how to handle people taunting him... You know the type, it just makes you want to make fun of the kid more.. I can hear him now, "Oh stop guys, stop, it's not funny, waah." Now, if he went along with it, maybe mimicked himself a few times, I think things would have ended up differently.

You have to be able to laugh at yourself... It is hilarious, after all.

Re:Hindsight is 20/20 (1)

Afrosheen (42464) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085256)

He should've shot for international fame by carring around one of those plastic double-headed light sabers and going off for anyone that pointed at him.

  There are two sides to this coin. Either he could take the shame, or make the fame.

Re:Hindsight is 20/20 (0)

Xzzy (111297) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085260)

Everybody does stupid things, but to be reminded about them every single day must be hell.

Then perhaps he shouldn't have hit the record button.

Feeling bad for the kid is fine, but if someone seeing the things you do is going to cause distress, don't bloody do them in front of a camera.

Re:Hindsight is 20/20 (4, Insightful)

Moby Cock (771358) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085013)

I only hope that other kids can learn from his situation and make the most of their own problems.

That lesson is: Temporary embarassment can lead to huge cash rewards!

Re:Hindsight is 20/20 (1)

Mayhem178 (920970) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085080)

I keep hearing people refer to th SWK videos as Ghyslain's "problem." I mostly disagree with this. It doesn't have to be a problem. The real problem stems from what I'm assuming is a personality quirk of his: reclusiveness. Call it what you will, lots of people have trouble stepping forward and saying, "Yeah, this is me, I did that, and I'm damn proud of it."

The best thing Ghyslain could have done is to just make the best of the situation (and I won't call it a "bad" situation). He obviously took some enjoyment from filming himself wielding a saber staff, why should that change just because of the opinions of others? IMHO, he should have stood by his actions rather than hiding from them.

I can't blame him, though. I suspect he had little to do with the counterattack. I expect the parents were responsible for sheltering him after the video went public.

Were it me, I'd have been proud to make so many people laugh. I only wish I could have an opportunity such as his.

Go with The Force Luke (4, Funny)

windowpain (211052) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084945)

But first get a settlement.

A Lesson to All Kids (0, Troll)

sarlos (903082) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084949)

When in doubt, sue!

Re:A Lesson to All Kids (1)

JordanL (886154) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085051)

The most amusing part of this article was that it's evidentally been tagged "tort reform".

His "tormentors"... (-1, Troll)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085065)

... should take a leaf out of his book.


Sue the little shit for the emotional trauma and financial hardship of being sued.

Everyone's different (2, Insightful)

Jay Maynard (54798) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084953)

It's certainly possible to turn the lemons of Internet infamy into lemonade, but it takes a certain psychological makeup to ride that tiger. I'm pretty sure Ghyslain did what was right for him.

I'd like to sit down and talk with the guy, though...

Re:Everyone's different (1)

dbialac (320955) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085123)

m pretty sure Ghyslain did what was right for him.

Actually, he whined and bitched all the way to court. Honestly, this kids parents need to teach this kid that respect is a two way street and further he needs to learn to take a joke. But then again, his parents probably don't understand either of those concepts themselves.

Re:Everyone's different (1)

Jay Maynard (54798) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085237)

People kept telling me I needed to learn to take a joke, too.

There's a difference between joking and bullying. "Can't you take a joke?" is the sign of the bully.

Ghyslain was 15. I was 44. Big difference in lots of things that go into one's mental makeup at those two ages. At his age, I'd have reacted the same way. As it was, my own bout with Internet infamy hit me hard for a while.

Wow (4, Funny)

pHatidic (163975) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084956)

That was so long ago. That kid must be like 30 by now.

Re:Wow (5, Funny)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085232)

That was so long ago. That kid must be like 30 by now.

and probably still whining that he wasn't offered a spot on the Jedi Council as part of the settlement.

He could have made millions more... (2, Insightful)

parasonic (699907) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084964)

...if only he'd found an agent or studio wanting him. It's much much easier to become famous if millions are already familiar with you...

Re:He could have made millions more... (1)

pHatidic (163975) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085096)

If millions of people know you, isn't that the definition of famous?

Re:He could have made millions more... (1)

saviorsloth (467974) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085240)

It's possible that he doesn't want to be famous for having a humiliating video of him circulate the internet.
"tonight, a very special episode of seventh heaven guest starring that silly Star Wars kid"

If you can be a "victim" of cyber-bullying... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15084968)

...you will be a victim your whole life and no amount of money will change that. I suggest this kid take a good look in the mirror and grow a thicker skin. His life will be a train wreck of victimhood. I suggest he come to America where everyone is a victim.

How thick a skin do you have? (4, Insightful)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085049)

I consider myself to have a pretty thick skin, but if I ever managed to become the laughing stock of the entire internet I think it might get to me a little bit.

The guys who stole (er, "misappropriated" this video and stuck it on the net for the sole purpose of humiliating this poor kid deserve to be punished, IMO, and here in the civilized world the way that people are punished for stuff like this is money; it's not a perfect system, but it's the best we've come up with so far.

They're just lucky they're not in the US -- the MPAA would have come down on them like the wrath of God for messing with this kid's copyright on his original work.

Re:How thick a skin do you have? (1)

shotgunefx (239460) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085163)

"IMO, and here in the civilized world the way that people are punished for stuff like this is money; it's not a perfect system, but it's the best we've come up with so far."

Now if people would only learn to "vote" with it.

He should have gotten an agent! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085173)

He should have embraced his fame. He should have learned to laugh at himself. He should have been booked on late-night TV. He could have completely turned to tables on his tormentors and turned this slight into an asset. Self-deprecation turns the attempt to use humor against you and turns it into an asset that helps you. Maybe if he did that he would have made more money, and ended up happier, not on anti-depressants, and would have actually gotten back at the bullies rather than their parent's assets or liability insurers. Acting like a victim NEVER empowers the victim and only empowers the bullies.

Re:How thick a skin do you have? (2, Insightful)

cabraverde (648652) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085258)

here in the civilized world the way that people are punished for stuff like this is money; it's not a perfect system, but it's the best we've come up with so far.

Maybe I'm old fashioned, but the way we used to punish schoolkids for stuff like this was "detention", "suspension" and "expulsion"... if a crime has been committed and the miscreant is old enough, then "trial" and possibly "sentencing".

Money is a poor way of punishing people unless it's a) proportionate to the perpetrator's means, and b) directed at the guilty party, rather than eg. his parents.

Learn to laugh at yourself (1)

SoupGuru (723634) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084970)

You've got to learn how to laugh at yourself.

Re:Learn to laugh at yourself (1)

Guysmiley777 (880063) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085191)

Or failing that, learn to NOT videotape yourself doing stupid crap. Seriously. I was a geek in school too, but I KNEW I was, and I grew out of it.

This kid I don't think understands his situation, kind of like how some home schooled kids just have zero social skills. And the only way to evolve from a socially outcast dork into a functioning member of society is to come to terms with dork-itude. Which this kid had in spades.

Overreaction (4, Insightful)

yog (19073) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084971)

A victory for the victims of cyber-bullying, or missed chance by thin-skinned Ghyslain to cash-in as the next William 'She Bangs' Hung?
I vote for missed opportunity by Raza. I don't expect a high school student to have a well developed ability to laugh at himself, but surely his 15 minutes of fame could have been put to better use than merely to sue a few classmates. Still, what they did wasn't very nice.

Furthermore, I doubt that it will prevent so-called cyberbullying; it will just remind the more intelligent bullies to wreak their mischief anonymously.

When I think of all the bullies I had to deal with growing up, back in the pre-Web days, and the revenge I could have gotten by spoofing them on a website, well, I guess I'm glad I didn't have that opportunity to do something so easy that would haunt me the rest of my life. It would have been fun, though.

Re:Overreaction (2, Funny)

shotgunefx (239460) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085104)

A minute or two in the fleeting spotlight vs 300K+... hmm, I know what I'd pick,

Re:Overreaction (4, Funny)

dfjunior (774213) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085203)

I wouldn't be so sure...
That's 300K+ Canadian

Re:Overreaction (1)

Anthony Boyd (242971) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085155)

A victory for the victims of cyber-bullying, or missed chance by thin-skinned Ghyslain to cash-in as the next William 'She Bangs' Hung?
I vote for missed opportunity by Raza. I don't expect a high school student to have a well developed ability to laugh at himself, but surely his 15 minutes of fame could have been put to better use than merely to sue a few classmates.

Agreed. I remember at the start of the fiasco, sympathy for him was running very high -- at one point, someone solicited donations to buy the kid an iPod, and got waaaayyy more donations than needed. But then this stuff started happening, and the sympathy dried up. Of course, you can say that iPod != $300K settlement. In that regard, he did the smart thing. But the real equation is more like iPod + other potential loot + lots of open doors from sympathetic fans != $300K settlement + huge loss of goodwill. If were around him now, I'd steer clear of him, just because I wouldn't want to be the next person sued for whatever else sets him off. How is he going to make friends?

Re:Overreaction (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085177)

I suspect one of Raza's last concerns was how to exploit his new found fame. It seems like he wanted the situation to go away as quickly as possible. I suspect this incident was yet another in a long list of wrongs committed against him by his bullies.

For all of the privacy advocates on /., it's ironic how most of the comments are against Raza's lawsuit. Blaming Raza for not taking advantage of his situation is fair, I suppose. But people distributed his image without his consent and likely with ill intent in mind, so his lawsuit has plenty of merit.

Self deprecation is a unique quality in that if it's not developed appropriately, it can lead to depression or make existing depression even worse. While Raza certainly still has time to laugh at himself, I doubt the situation he is in is very supportive of such development.

All that said, the video was pretty silly.

Re:Overreaction (1)

Beryllium Sphere(tm) (193358) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085222)

>15 minutes of fame

However you think he should have handled it, the fact is that the damage lasted WAY longer than fifteen minutes.

William 'She Bangs' Hung had a choice (5, Insightful)

swestcott (44407) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084975)

That is the main difrence the kid had this put on him not buy his own choice

I still think got lemons bla bla you know

William Hung Signed A Release... (5, Insightful)

irritating environme (529534) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084976)

Did this kid?

Re:William Hung Signed A Release... (1)

Kaellenn (540133) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085078)

He didn't have to sign a release.

He performed the act in a public place (public school)
He recorded the act using public equipment (a camera owned by the public school system).

There was literally no implied right to privacy. The only reason this case was settled out of court was because Ghyslain found a lawyer with questionable ethics enough to bring a completely unlawful suit against the "tormentors." As to why it was settled, I'm sure the defendants in the suit didn't want to go through it or pay the court fees.

Re:William Hung Signed A Release... (1)

oirtemed (849229) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085144)

exactly. Did Pam and Tommy lee sign a release?

Re:William Hung Signed A Release... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085183)

Have some empathy, you moron.

Things would have been different if... (5, Funny)

PenguinBoyDave (806137) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084978)

He had been known for his Slash-dotting...they'd cheer "Slashdot Kid Slashdot Kid Slashdot Kid" and every hot chick in school would be all over him like the geek that he is!

Re:Things would have been different if... (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085162)

"every hot chick in school would be all over him like the geek that he is!"

So... he'd be beaten to a bloody pulp?

As Darth Maul famously said... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15084982)

"At last we will have revenge"

No Profits or No Tears? (2, Funny)

BobVila (592015) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084988)

Is the $350,000 for no one paying him to use the video? Or is it for the humiliation?

Re:No Profits or No Tears? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085061)

RTFA...the suit originally sought that amount, but the article mentioned that there may not have been any money awarded in the confidential settlement.

First I've Heard About This Kid (1)

Physician (861339) | more than 8 years ago | (#15084989)

All I can say is thank you to the guy for making a federal case out of it (not quite literally) because I had never heard about this video heretofore. Inquiring minds want to know... where can you download this video?

Re:First I've Heard About This Kid (1)

teslar (706653) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085158)

I had never heard about this video heretofore
You must be very new to the Internet.

Obligitory (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15084999)

1. Raise geeky overweight son.
2. Leave him to his own devices with video recording device.
3. ????
4. Profit!!!

It doesn't sound so funny.. (5, Informative)

EraseEraseMe (167638) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085011)

When you hear what his life was like after the fact. I doubt some of the more mal-adjusted /.ers would have a different reaction to being harassed 24/7 for something you didn't really want anyone to see. Let's not forget he's a kid; a nerdy, overweight kid (Much like many of us were). It's hard to live with that kind of notoriety so soon in life.

For the record:
He had to drop out of school due to harassment.
He still gets approached by people on the streets about it.
His parents had to hire a private tutor for him.
He ended up on anti-depression medication.

It's not funny, don't laugh.

So... He was Forced to do the Video?? (-1, Flamebait)

Black-Man (198831) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085056)

No. The plump chicken did it on his own... oh the horror! I hope the stupid dork never lives it down.

Re:It doesn't sound so funny.. (1)

richy freeway (623503) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085085)

/me sniggers.

Re:It doesn't sound so funny.. (1)

TheOldSchooler (850678) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085097)

Hah-Hah! ...sorry.

It actually sounds stupid (-1, Flamebait)

DesireCampbell (923687) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085120)

He had to drop out of school due to harassment.
Kids teased him at school? Him? A fat Star Wars nerd? I don't believe it.

He still gets approached by people on the streets about it.
Oh the horror! People... on the... STREET! He might have to talk to them, or worse yet IGNORE THEM!

His parents had to hire a private tutor for him.
Well, he DID drop out of school.

He ended up on anti-depression medication.
Well that's a terrible problem that probably has more to do with him being a pussy than being the 'Star Wars kid'.

Re:It actually sounds stupid (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085206)

"Kids teased him at school? Him? A fat Star Wars nerd? I don't believe it."

So that excuses it?

"Oh the horror! People... on the... STREET! He might have to talk to them, or worse yet IGNORE THEM!"

Would you mind posting your telephone number? I know a few telemar^Wpeople that might want to talk to you.

Re:It actually sounds stupid (1)

DesireCampbell (923687) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085254)

You do know he taped the film himself, right? And left it in a public place?

If you don't want to be embarrassed, don't VIDEO TAPE yourself - or at least don't leave the tape laying around.

Re:It doesn't sound so funny.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085130)

Who says he wouldn't have done all that anyway? You?

Re:It doesn't sound so funny.. (0, Troll)

Hao Wu (652581) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085165)

"It's not funny, don't laugh."

It is not funny, in your opinion.

But don't tell anyone on earth what we may or may not laugh at.

Re:It doesn't sound so funny.. (4, Insightful)

EraseEraseMe (167638) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085190)

Just for the record, does it stop being kinda funny when he kills himself or does it become REALLY funny then?

Re:It doesn't sound so funny.. (2, Insightful)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085265)

It is not funny, in your opinion.

Obviously.

But don't tell anyone on earth what we may or may not laugh at.

Why not? You may not realize it, but you're reading and posting on a forum. I'll judge anything I feel like and tell you what you should or shouldn't do. Maybe I'm right or maybe I'm wrong, but it's certainly fair to tell someone when they're a jerk for thinking something is funny.

Re:It doesn't sound so funny.. (3, Insightful)

LaCosaNostradamus (630659) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085198)

Oh, get over yourself. I had heard about the "Star Wars Kid" many times before a friend introduced me to the videos (I didn't have broadband). The videos are just wonderful, and are NOT bullying to people like me. Sure, it must have been a good deal of embarassment, but now we have a set of videos that allow people to laugh WITH the Star Wars Kid, not at him. It's now part of the species fan filmia, which anyone can go out and capture when they feel the need for a good laugh.

The SWK will simply have to get over it all, and in fact should proudly take credit for his (unintentional) participation. Nerdy and overweight, he STILL did what he did out of his sheer love of the genre, and to a significant extent I'm sure the video producers did the same. As the years pass I hope he'll come to understand all that, and that it will take much of the sting out of the embarrassment he experienced. He's already made some money off the deal, so perhaps the maturing process has begun.

Re:It doesn't sound so funny.. (2, Insightful)

EraseEraseMe (167638) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085243)

"now we have a set of videos that allow people to laugh WITH the Star Wars Kid, not at him"

Obviously he's not laughing; thus you're not laughing WITH him, you're laughing AT him. Is that really hard to understand?

Re:It doesn't sound so funny.. (1)

NCTRNAL (780392) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085213)

I have to say, I laugh at it because I think it is funny, but I am NOT laughing AT the kid.

I think his creativity is amazing and I give the guy a nod for doing what he did. So often, we don't give kids the freedom to express themslves. This kid took creativity and originality to a whole new level. Unfortunately, by the video being posted on the web and by it being taken greatly out of context, it has caused him a world of problems. That is too bad, the poor guy will probably take a while to get over this.

to relive the memory (1)

castlec (546341) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085027)

for those who would like to experience the fun again, head to the entertainment. [ebaumsworld.com]

Re:to relive the memory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085115)

Please dont link to those thieves.

Google next? (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085029)

I guess he'll be suing Google video next - They have [google.com] quite a few versions of the video on there...

Are more than three people to blame? (1)

gihan_ripper (785510) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085031)

I don't think the Internet nature of the prank really makes a difference. It would be the same if he'd left an unflattering photograph of himself at school, which was then copied around by his classmates. Really, the accusation of bullying shouldn't just be levelled at the three 'pranksters', but also at those who did the actual taunting.

On a related note, it will be interesting to see if the 'Fat Asian Kid [freetheflash.com] ' ends up suing.

Don't be naiive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085106)

I don't think the Internet nature of the prank really makes a difference. It would be the same if he'd left an unflattering photograph of himself at school, which was then copied around by his classmates.

So being humiliated in front of, essentially, the whole world isn't any different than having a few photocopies hung up around school? Seriously, that's the story you're going with?

it'd be great (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085043)

I think it'd be great if the next SW videogame contained a fat kid jumping around with a lightsaber somewhere off to the side. I dunno if doing so would be enough for LucasArts/whatever game maker to be sued by him, but it'd be pretty damn hilarious.

Re:it'd be great (1)

Sabotage (21481) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085148)

One of the Tony Hawk series already did... I think it was Tony Hawk's Underground 2, on the Boston level.

There's a place where you can jump through an apartment window... On one side is a guy in his apartment with a goat, but on the other side is the Star Wars Kid doing his act.

Lucky.

Re:it'd be great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085224)

He was featured in Tony Hawk: Underground as an easter egg

Use the Economic Force, Ghyslain (1)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085047)

FTA: And whenever he was in a public place, he said, strangers would call to him.
"Hey! It's Ghyslain Raza! Star Wars Kid, hey!"

This would have been a golden opportunity to autograph pictures, make new videos, and sell them online for tons of profit. But maybe the lawsuit would be more lucrative.

Re:Use the Economic Force, Ghyslain (1)

Ravatar (891374) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085087)

No kidding, some kids make you an overnight "internet celeb" and all you do is go into hiding and sue your "tormentors"? Get real.

Hey, Star-dork! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085048)

It appears there was something else on the video tape. We think it's a terrorist training film [the-op.com] .

cry some more (3, Insightful)

Tachikoma (878191) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085057)

had made of himself and left on a shelf in the school TV studio
case solved. plantiff guilty or embarrassing himself. we should not reward stupidity or accomdate it. the more accomodation, the more it appears. now this child/moron has learnd when things go against you, sue

"It's no fun what happened here, but that's the problem with the Internet. Things travel fast."
i believe thats a feature, not a problem. if it was as slow as the postal mail no one would use it for what it was designed...to quickly transmit data

at the risk of sounding un-sensitive, life sucks then you die. deal with it like everyone else or fast forward to the end

Re:cry some more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085185)

Just because the victim is stupid doesn't mean he or she deserves whatever happens to him or her.

Let me guess, you're one of those folks who blames rape victims for dressing too slutty, right?

Re:cry some more (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085234)

"at the risk of sounding un-sensitive, life sucks then you die. deal with it like everyone else or fast forward to the end"

And if he decides to fast-forward a few other peoples' lives as well, ala Columbine? You're fine with that, right?

Good for Him! (2, Insightful)

gambit3 (463693) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085060)

Without knowing terms of the settlement, the fact that he got something (hopefully) makes me feel good. Bullying is not a harmless little fun like the mod seems to think, judging from his comment ("suck it up kid"). It affects people years down the road, causes relationship problems that take years of therapy to fix. I myself was never bullied, but I have close friends who did, and it's a serious issue, not something to be mocked.

Missed opportunity (1)

dougman (908) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085076)

This kid will look back at this some day and realize his missed opportunity. Seriously. Who hasn't done something similar in private? Most of us got a smile on our face when we saw this - not because we thought the kid was a joke - but because we got a glimpse of the kid inside us. There were several ways to cash in on his fame. Now he comes off as a thin-skinned whining kid.

I've got to belive his parents pursued this and convinced him to go along with the lawsuit. There had to be plenty of ways to cash in on this viral video without going to court. This action will effectively end any pursuit of cashing in on his 15 minutes of fame.

FWIW, I would have lauded people calling me "Star Wars Kid" back in high school. Any publicity is good publicity. Leaving school over this? Sheesh... TOTALY WEAK.

Walk a mile in his shoes... (5, Insightful)

CFTM (513264) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085079)

Having been a rather akward teenager myself, I can understand why he decided to file suit against them. I don't know anything about this kid or how he feels about himself or even what he went through on an every day basis before this occured but I remember being in high school and feeling invisible to the rest of the world. Suddenly, one day to have myself posted all over the internet and being the subject of laughter, at the age of 15, would have been psychologically devestating to me. It is easy, for those of us who are adults, to be critical of his choices but we weren't the ones treated this way. We never walked in his shoes and never suffered the embarassment that he suffered.

On the outside, since we have no emotional attachment to the situation, it's easy for us to say "I'd ride that money train all the way to the bank" but that fails to give the situation its true weight. Being 15 is tough enough for most kids without having themeselves publically humilitated by their peers just for a few laughs. I'm not a huge fan of law suits in general, but in this instance I am. The action of these kids was not criminal but it was a terrible thing to do and there needs to be consequences.

Re:Walk a mile in his shoes... (5, Funny)

rehtonAesoohC (954490) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085255)

... that way, when you realize how much his life sucks, you'll be a mile away from him, and you'll have his shoes.

His parents named him Ghyslain (4, Funny)

spidergoat2 (715962) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085107)

He never really had a chance. Note to parents: Start with Bill or George or Steve when naming a son.

Big deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085111)

Back in high school, I apparently had some resemblance to Neil Patrick Harris. Nobody, and I mean nobody, missed a chance to point it out. People who hadn't seen me before went, "OMG YOU REALLY DO LOOK LIKE HIM!" Yeah, at first I hated it, but once I got over it, I realized that I could jsut live with it, and maybe it wasn't such a bad thing.

If the kid really never got over it, then I feel bad for him, because, as someone already posted, if he couldn't deal with that, life has some much bigger surprises in store for him. If he was just trying to cash in, then I resent him for taking this approach. Some might argue that it's a fine line between using and abusing the system, but I think this falls far towards abusing.

On that (off) note, what ever happened to William Hung? Guess he ran his 15 minutes into the ground, huh?

Cry me a river... (1)

Vertig0gitreV (554511) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085127)

I don't see any of the goof-balls who got dressed up, waited in line in NYC for the opening, and subsequently got savaged by Triumph the Insult Comedy Dog http://www.starterupsteve.com/video/Conan-Triumph- Star-Wars.html [starterupsteve.com] suing anyone. Look... I feel bad for the kid that he had to drop out of school and all, but suing for over 300k?! That's insane. If I sued every bully that pushed me around in high school, I'd be a rich man. Grow some thinker skin and move on. Fan-boys of the world... SUE!!!

Wasn't he on American Dad? (1)

Jim in Buffalo (939861) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085136)

I mean, he hit the big time! He was on American Dad!

[Subject line deleted to prevent offending /.'ers] (4, Funny)

mmell (832646) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085146)

[Comment deleted to prevent offending /.'ers]

I'm Glad He Pursued this (1)

Cranky Weasel (946893) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085156)

I hope he got most of that cash. and I don't give a damn about whose "rights" were upheld.

Setting aside all of the legal questions, sometimes you just want people to pay for being pricks. And these guys were pricks.

I know exactly how he feels (1)

SoCalDissident (953017) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085170)

It's even worse when you are already sorta famous! I made this video one time, with my girlfriend, and it was just supposed to be for us. I mean, it was just us driving around, relaxing on the boat and stuff, but then someone stole it, and posted it on the internet. Man, the guys in my band (I don't want to name them because this is embarrassing enough already) made fun of me, I couldn't do a public apperance without someone commenting about my physique... It was horrible.

Star Wars Kid Sucks (-1, Troll)

Apreche (239272) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085182)

This is bs. If Star Wars kid in unhpapy, then that is entirely the fault of his attitude. You can't blame someone else because of your personal problems. If he would have chosen to bask in his fame, and accept his fate, then he would be happy. He could have appeared on television, done interviews, made lots of money, etc. if only he was proud of being Star Wars kid instead of ashamed. But because he chose to be a timid dweeb he got what he deserved. He should be thanking those kids for giving him an opportunity to be famous, not suing them.

Of course, if he was really smart he would sue AND become famous and happy.

Keep them off the streets.... (1)

Lurker187 (127055) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085186)

The kids who uploaded that video really need to find a more constructive use for their time [google.com] [video.google.com].

(IF YOU'RE AT WORK, you might want to TURN YOUR VOLUME DOWN FIRST.)

"Lucasfilm screen test" ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085192)

What's this "Lucasfilm screen test" bullshit in the article summary? The kid taped himself "play fighting". Yes, the play fighting was mimicking Star Wars lightsabers. Yes Star Wars is made by Lucasfilm, but how the hell does him goofing around on video tape suddenly turn into a "screen test"? Was auditioning for the part of Darth Sweaty?

To Quote Radiohead (1)

oirtemed (849229) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085194)

You do it to yourself, you do
and that's what really hurts
You do it to yourself, just you
you and no-one else
You do it to yourself


This kid doesn't deserve any money. No more than Paris or Pam/Tommy deserve money.

He sued the wrong people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085210)

He should have sued his parents for naming him Ghyslain.

KIDDING!

Lesson learned: If you're a fat white male ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15085216)

If you're a fat white male, don't make videos with yourself jumping around.

Am I blind? (1)

rehtonAesoohC (954490) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085225)

From TFA:

He said the situation left him feeling drained of energy, and that he let himself go and no longer lifted weights to keep fit.

Uhh... I don't really recall him looking all that "fit" in the videos I've seen. Perhaps I'm remembering incorrectly though.

I feel bad for the kid (1)

Kafteinn (542563) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085235)

but if he had from the beginning taken the joke better he could have maybe earned some money and even some respect from his peers.

The guy has talent enough to make millions of people want to watch him over and over, maybe what people enjoyed about the video is the honesty it expresses, someone opening himself completely to the camera.

When the kids started showing the video on projectors, "fear my jedi powers" said with a smile is the correct response, not "screw you guys I'm going home".

PC gone too far. (1)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 8 years ago | (#15085253)

This is a case of PC gone too far.

I live in Québec too, and I'm just as french as the Star Wars Kid.

However, when I was a kid, I went to a private french school, where everything was imported from France: the schoolmates, the teachers, the textbook and the pedagogy:

Whenever you did something wrong, the teachers would encourage the other students to laugh at you. So, not being the first of the class, I was the Star Wars Kid for pretty much all of the school year.

This helps you quickly build a thick skin where you don't give a flying fuck about what other people think of you. For example, since I bike during all summer, I have no problem at all walking in a bank branch or a shopping mall wearing flashy spandex and people staring at my balls and ass (I must say I don't look like the Star Wars kid, though. And there are plenty of chicks who go apeshit with the spandex - at least, they can gauge at first glance the merchandise).

However, in those days where schools are taken over by psychologists who insist that the kids should not face any adversity at all in their daily experience, it's no wonder that the thin-skinned kids of today will get miffed at the slightest misperception of themselves by others, and the Star Wars Kid case ending in court brilliantly illustrates this fact.

The Star Wars Kid should first and foremost get a life and learn that the most important thing with freedom is not to give a goddammed flying fuck about what others think of you.

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