As a vehicle for change, a lot of good ideas have been petitioned on Change.org, but it’s safe to say that Henry Walsh’s passionate plea to have Star Wars: The Last Jedi removed from official canon is not one of them. But don’t take our word for it, take his.
After coming down from his pain meds, it sounds like Walsh is now changing his tune about that Change.org petition, which is currently just shy of reaching its 15,000 signature goal. He’s now doing a 180 on that request, and asking people to devote their signatures to better causes.
First, here’s a blurb from the initial petition, which Walsh wrote after difficult passage to the theater, then seeing and apparently hating The Last Jedi. At the time of his initial post, he claims to have been “upset” and on “strong pain medication” due to a vehicle accident he’s still trying to get surgery for:
“Episode VIII was a travesty. It completely destroyed the legacy of Luke Skywalker and the Jedi. It destroyed the very reasons most of us, as fans, liked Star Wars. This can be fixed. Just as you wiped out 30 years of stories, we ask you to wipe out one more, the Last Jedi. Remove it from canon, push back Episode IX and re-make Episode VIII properly to redeem Luke Skywalker's legacy, integrity, and character.”
Now that he’s had some time to think about things, though, after the petition got picked up by some media outlets and word began to spread, he’s decided perhaps his plea wasn’t really that important in the first place. At least not as important as some of the other worthy online causes.
“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 now Walsh is asking people to look at other causes, “ones that are important,” where “we can make a difference that matters.”
And that’s something we can all get behind, don’t you think?