Friday, July 25, 2003

Though I had written about the possibility of the "Star Wars Kid" filing suit over his sudden cult status, I didn't think it would actually come to pass. Unfortunately, now a lawsuit is in the works. The parents of Ghyslain Raza, the Quebec teenager who became a celebrity this spring after classmates posted on the Internet a video of him mimicking a Star Wars character, allege that their son was so humiliated by the experience that he had to get psychiatric care. The revelation is made in a lawsuit his parents have filed against the families of four classmates they accuse of maliciously turning their son into an object of mockery. Now, I can understand that children are cruel. I'm sure that Ghyslain was ribbed mercilessly for his amateur portrayal of Darth Maul. But does this constitute a lawsuit against his tormentors? I mean, he is the one who made the video, he is the one who left the tape in the camera, he is the reason he is being mocked. It would be different if somebody had filmed him without his consent, but this is not the case. He made a stupid mistake. Why should anyone else have to pay for that?

This brings us to a very good point, when is your behavior your responsibility? Can society be blamed for the misfortunes that befall us? Should imprudence be rewarded with big money payouts? If this is the case, I'm going to sue every bully who ever picked on me(and there are lots) and rake in the big bucks.


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