Remember that fan petition that surfaced earlier this week for Disney and Lucasfilm to remove Star Wars: The Last Jedi from the official canon? We all know that there was no way in hell that would ever happen, but the fans were looking to make a statement. Well, the creator of that petition, Henry Walsh, has now retracted it and admits that he was on strong painkillers when he wrote it.
There's a whole story behind what led up to him starting this petition that the creator details below. In it, he also admits that there are more important causes on these petition organization websites that deserve more attention than what his Star Wars petition got. Here's his latest statement:
Hey guys, I need to be honest here...
I put this petition up because I was upset and I was on strong pain medication. Last December I was in a vehicle accident and am still trying to get the surgery and such, it really messed up my knee and leg and put me in a wheelchair. If I sit up for a long time it really starts hurting.
So after spending the time to get to the movie, watch it, and get back I was in ridiculous pain. I was frustrated and medicated. So, I made this petition. It was a bad idea at the time and I feel that we are pooling our efforts in not a healthy direction.
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. There are tons of people, and causes, who need help, and we are here for Star Wars.
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? 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 gain attention it is a shame that this is getting this level of media attention.
So please, while we all love Star Wars, I urge every single supporter who signed this, to also take a few minutes to look at other petitions on Change.Org, ones that are important, or look at causes on GoFundMe. Places where we can make a difference that matters.
This whole Star Wars petition went in a direction that I wasn't expecting, and it's refreshing to see him turn something negative into something positive. He is hoping that all the people who supported his silly Star Wars petition will go and support something that is actually important and that's commendable.