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Here's what's going on with the kid from this thread. Poor kid.


Star Wars Kid' a reluctant Internet phenomenon

CTV.ca News Staff

A video featuring a Quebec teenager's acrobatic battle moves has become the latest Internet sensation and a source of guffaws for millions. Ghyslain Raza, now better know as the Star Wars Kid, isn't laughing.

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec is hardly a galaxy far, far away, but the city is the unlikely home of a very reluctant Jedi Knight.

Raza, 15, shot a video of himself for a school project -- a mock sword fight intended for viewing by a handful of people.

But a few of his classmates uploaded it to the Internet, and within days it had been doctored to look like a scene from Star Wars.

Millions have watched the video, including many people in Trois-Rivieres.

"He makes a fool of himself anyway. You see the guy, you say 'Oh God,'" says CyberCafe owner Luc Sirois.

The story made it into numerous publications worldwide, including the New York Times. Now it has landed in court.

The four students who allegedly put the video on the Internet are facing a $250,000 lawsuit. It claims Raza has suffered "harassment," "ridicule" and "persecution" at school and in the public at large.

Raza ended up leaving high school and finishing his year in the psychiatric wing of a local hospital.

An employee of Raza's old school says the pressure on the young man was intolerable.

"When 500 people laugh at you every noon when you walk into the cafeteria, it can't be easy," says Rafael Jacob.

And in cyberspace it's not easy keeping a low profile once you get linked to Star Wars.

"Star Wars is one of the biggest virtual communities. There are millions of fans. So take this kid, put it together with Star Wars and bingo, it's a hit," says Internet consultant Francois Charron.

It's also eliciting some sympathy. There's an online petition asking Lucasfilm to give the Star Wars Kid a cameo in the next installment of the film.

"... this poor kid is living the nightmare of having his private dorkiness projected across the world to giggling Web users," it reads.

All the result of an encounter with the dark side of the Internet.

With a report from CTV's Jed Kahane

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I've heard rumors on one of the fansites that they might actually give him a cameo...lol

Henry, did you see my thread about KOTOR?

I don't know if you have an XBOX or not but KOTOR is in my opinion the best video game ever, let alone the best SW game. The story is worthy of a movie in it's own right.

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Originally posted by Henry

I got through the first page, but lacking both the free time and said X-Box, I started to get depressed and stopped reading.

Man... I'm sorry for you... this game has everything that every previous SW game lacks. Don't get me wrong, Galaxies is awsome, but it's not really the same, there's not "goal" so to speak, Galaxies is in my opinion what Extremeskins would be if the board allowed an interface for us to break up into teams, the Left vs. the Right and just freakin kill each other....lol

Kotor has a clear end. I've started playing the second time around and I've already seen movies and cutscenes and options I didn't get the first time. Pretty awsome.

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