Luther 'Uncle Luke' Campbell won't be watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And if his kids want to watch it, they are going need to get a bootleg.
"I tell my kids, don’t ever buy bootleg," he told New York magazine. "but if you really want to watch that movie, you can buy it bootleg."Campbell has reason to be salty about the famous franchise.
Back in 1989, when his group 2 Live Crew's As Nasty As They Wanna Be was scandalizing America, Campbell went by the name of Luke Skywalker. Campbell claims that it was just a combination of his nickname and the nickname of former New York Knicks player Kenny "Sky" Walker.
However, Star Wars creator George Lucas wasn't buying that, and warned Campbell he was going to sue.
At first Campbell didn't back down. "My name is Luke Skywalker and I’m rapping about how I want some pussy," he explained to New York mag. "How can anyone say that is infringing on a character in a movie that doesn’t feature any rap music?"
He did, however, change his name to Luke Skyywalker.
But that didn't satisfy Lucas, who hit Campbell with a $300 million suit in 1990.
At that point Campbell decided to settle. "I was fighting George Lucas in his own backyard [the lawsuit was filed in California]," sighs Campbell. "Even though Star Wars is so far away from 2 Live Crew and rap music, I decided to take it on the chin."
Campbell was forced to pay $300,000, and could never again use Skywalker or any other variation.
And this is why he won't give his money to The Force Awakens.
If it makes him feel any better, Lucas has since sold the franchise to Disney, and seems pretty salty about Episode 7 too.