Why George Lucas Once Sued 2 Live Crew Front Man Luther Campbell

Why George Lucas Once Sued 2 Live Crew Front Man Luther Campbell

 

Luther Campbell wants to be very clear: He will not be found in a theater watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The former front man of 2 Live Crew, the raunchy and notorious rap group of the late 1980s and early 1990s, won’t even see the franchise’s record-breaking seventh installment after its home release. And if his children want to watch it, they have a one-time exemption from him to patronize the black market. “I tell my kids, don’t ever buy bootleg,” he says, “but if you really want to watch that movie, you can buy it bootleg.”

That simmering contempt for Disney’s new crown jewel is held over from a different chapter in Campbell’s life, a period where his then-stage name too closely resembled one from a galaxy far, far away. The struggle for who could use that name went from the radio to the courts, and now to distant memory, but not for Campbell. “Every time I see a trailer, or an ad, for that movie,” he explains, “all I can think is I want that motherfucker George Lucas to give me my money back.”

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