Culture Wars: Han shot first, and the emasculation of heroism

Posted by: Phineas on February 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

In this episode of Afterburner, Bill Whittle looks at how George Lucas has bowdlerized one of the great scenes in the original Star Wars and what it tells us about the cultural elite’s perceptions of heroism and manhood:

It’s not for nothing that people still respond to heroes actors like John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, or Gary Cooper, whose heroic characters didn’t wallow in angst before doing what had to be done.

And George, stop lying. Han shot first.

(For the record, I detest the modern habit of powerful directors to re-edit their original work that people loved and somehow “improve it.” Spielberg and “E.T.” is another example.)

UPDATE: Edited to correct a lack of clarity pointed out by a friend on Twitter.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “Culture Wars: Han shot first, and the emasculation of heroism”


  1. Carlos says:

    And in other “news,” I’m utterly shocked our Celebrity-in-Chief wasn’t at Whitney’s funeral today. What a chance to prove his black creds to the African-American community!

    Besides, look at how much fundraising he could have done there, what with all the music industry icons there. And I guess that’s what surprises me most: he had the chance to make the whole thing about him and money, and he didn’t.

    Must be losing his touch.

  2. Dave Dooling says:

    I’ve never understood the fuss. Greedo already had a gun out and pointed. That’s ADW. You are not obligated to let the other guy shoot first and take a chance on dying.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    Don’t worry. The antithesis of the wussification of America should be shown in fine form with “Act of Valor” this Friday. BTW, a good many of the scenes involve live fire (real bullets).

  4. ant says:

    Regarding Lucas and others of his ilk, including too many musicians,..maybe handling large sums of cash actually makes one libtarded. Perhaps that’s Pelosi’s excuse too.

  5. Jim McDonald says:

    Powerful work Mr. Whittle! It is a shame that poor George Lucus has become a hemorphidite.