Curious, I googled for “star wars kid” and got numerous hits. But each one I tried said the page could not be found. I wonder if web hosters are taking the lawsuit seriously and shutting down any pages that show a clip.
I’m going to say ‘go for it’. Normally I don’t like indiscriminate suing, but the extent to which this video has been spread around and laughed at is downright cruel (I actually haven’t seen it myself, only the reactions of others to it).
I hope, if it exceeds, the penalties aren’t too harsh, as I wouldn’t like the parents to suffer excessively for their kids being thoughtless morons. Maybe an out of court agreement that the kids in question are to be grounded for the rest of their natural lives?
(Yeah, the whole thing strikes a bit of a personal note for me - I get furious when kids are humiliated by others around their age. This is just that on a vastly larger scale).
I admit I didn’t see what was so funny about the video. Was it some disgusting and perverted sense of voyeurism? Honestly, I can hardly say I haven’t done something silly and eccentric alone that I wouldn’t even consider if I imagined myself in public. My rare shower singing comes to mind.
Hey, Ghyslain (if you’re reading this): I am your father. Search your feelings, you know it to be true. You might think the Internet is the only world out there, but no. There is another. Ask your twin sister. Now, go take some diet pills and get a real job or something.
OK, I feel for this kid. But does anyone else think that he (and his parents) are going about this in entirely the wrong way? He doesn’t like having so much publicity… So he sues? Way to guarantee that he’ll stay in the spotlight that much longer.
Just to add my .02 to the discussion, I really feel for the kid. If I had stumbled on the video while web surfing, I probably would have chuckled, and then been thankful that my own moments of childhood goofing around would never be documented on film.
But I think this sort of lawsuit benefits no one but lawyers. It was cruel to upload it, true, but in doing so they did nothing inherently false. The parody versions would be protected for being what they are – parodies. And if he claims invasion of privacy, it would be harder to prove that if (as I understand it) he made the tape with school equipment, which is not private.
I hope the Star Wars kid recovers from the initial shock and realizes that a lot of people are laughing with him, not at him.