The man behind the petition to erase Star Wars: The Last Jedi from the canon has recanted his petition, stating that the attention should go to much worthier causes.
Henry Walsh, the creator of the Change.org petition “Have Disney strike Star Wars Episode VIII from the official canon” wrote an update in which he states the amount of attention his petition has received doesn’t sit well with him.
“While supporting this petition is important, and I too have a deep love for Star Wars, I recommend we maybe send this in a new direction,” he wrote. “There are tons of people, and causes, who need help, and we are here for Star Wars.”
Walsh said that he created his petition because he “was upset” and “on strong pain medication” from a vehicle accident last December, and his injuries now require his use of a wheelchair. Walsh brought up his injuries to discuss how uneven the response has been to this petition, while his call for help with his surgery bills went largely unnoticed.
“I couldn’t get the help on GoFundMe to help pay for my surgery, and yet *this* gets this kind of attention? To the point that this petition has been in multiple news publications at this point?” he said. “How many other people out there need help and can’t get attention? I’m not comfortable with that.”
“I love all of the support, but we also know that Disney isn’t going to do anything, and with so many people, who have much better causes who are struggling to get attention it is a shame that this is geting this level of media attention,” he said, urging his supporters to look at other, more important causes on Change.org and GoFundMe, “[p]laces where we can make a difference that matters.”
Now in theaters, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as ‘DJ’, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa.
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