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Pure hilarity!

http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,59757,00.html

The parents of the infamous "Star Wars Kid" are suing classmates who posted a humiliating video of their son on the Net, according to Canada's Globe and Mail.

Quebec teenager Ghyslian Raza was the target of worldwide mockery when a private video he made of himself practicing his lightsaber moves was uploaded to the Net by kids at his school.

Now his parents are claiming damages of $160,000 from the families of the four classmates who digitized and published the video. Ghyslain's parents claim their son was so humiliated, he is undergoing psychiatric care and may be marked for life by the experience.

Ghyslain's video was posted to the Kazaa file-sharing network in the spring.

The two-minute video shows an overweight teenager fighting a mock battle with a golf-ball retriever doubling as a lightsaber. The teenager twirls the "lightsaber" ever more energetically while generating his own sound effects. It is obviously not for public consumption.

Ghyslain was so teased about the video, he dropped out of school and finished the semester at a children's psychiatric ward, according to a lawsuit filed in the Raza's hometown of Trois-Rivières, Quebec.

According to the suit, "Ghyslain had to endure, and still endures today, harassment and derision from his high-school mates and the public at large." He "will be under psychiatric care for an indefinite amount of time."

The suit suggests that the ordeal may cause Ghyslain to be labeled as "mentally ill," and the stigma could make it difficult for him to enroll in school or get a job, and may force him to change his name.

Ghyslain's story was reported by media outlets internationally. Angered at the cruel remarks made about Ghyslain online, a pair of webloggers raised money to buy the teenager an Apple iPod.

Andy Baio of Waxy.org and Jish Mukerji of Jish.nu raised more than $4,300 from 421 separate donations.

"The outpouring of support has been staggering, far beyond what I ever expected," wrote Baio on his site. "Geeks like us need to stick together."

A petition to get Ghyslain a part in the next Star Wars movie has been signed by more than 16,000 people.

None of the parties involved in the suit are speaking to reporters, according to the Globe and Mail. Wired News was unable to contact the Razas' lawyer for comment.




And here is some versions of the video(go to bathroom before watching or risk peeing pants):

original: http://www.henry.martinez.net/videos/15thplace.htm

edited: http://www.henry.martinez.net/videos/16thplace.htm

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if the kid is smart he'll make a killing off his 15 minutes...

That harsh/funny stuff though!
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Poor kid. I can only imagine the shit he went through at school over this.

Why the hell did he video himself? defitely not to bright.




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Stupid Kid! Silly wabbit tricks are for kids!

Ohhh the humiliation of it all! How did he let a video get into the hands of other people? Unreal!

Time for more shock therapy timmy............

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You mean you can sue over being a nurd and being made fun of in school?

And here I've been working all these years?

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You mean you can sue over being a nurd and being made fun of in school?

And here I've been working all these years?

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He probably already needed mental help before he even filmed the video.

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there are lots of different versions of this if you search the net, all quite funny. the star wars 2.0 one is the best, he deflects a whole bunch of laser shots with his lightsaber. lol

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Shit he's gonna be almost as famous as the Hampster dance. But I dont know if he will rise to the fame of all your base.




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I've seen a couple diff version of that. It's the kids fault for letting it get into other kids hands
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I've seen a couple diff version of that. It's the kids fault for letting it get into other kids hands
*sigh*

By why should he take the blame for being stupid enough to let it get out when he can make lots of money since his parents are suing & he can go to therapy & be traumatized for life?


If I thought I could sue people for picking me when I was a kid I'd have so much damn $$ now, I'd never have to work. WTF was I thinking when I was a kid? To hell with it, I'm calling a lawyer now, I deserve payment.
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And you wonder why he ended up in the looney bin!
He was going off so much he almost destroyed his set!

People take these things too seriously!
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Stupid Kid! Silly wabbit tricks are for kids!

Ohhh the humiliation of it all! How did he let a video get into the hands of other people? Unreal!

Time for more shock therapy timmy............
I would put money on it that this guy is stupid enough to have labeled the tape "funny as hell shit I am doing while pretending I am a jedi knight. P.S. This would be perfect for someone to steal and put on the internet"

On a serious note, sux he got so much shit for it but life does go on. Hope he recovers quickly while rolling in the mountain of cash he will get out of this.
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