An image from the "Star Wars Kid" video (One Minute News)"Star Wars Kid" was one of the first breakthrough Internet memes. But whatever became of the kid parodied by millions as he clumsily swung his imaginary lightsaber with reckless abandon? He recently spoke out publicly for the first time, sharing his thoughts on being arguably the first large-scale victim of cyberbullying.
“What I saw was mean. It was violent. People were telling me to commit suicide,” the now-25-year-old Ghyslain Raza said in an interview with MacLean’s.
Back in 2003, Internet memes were few and far between. For context, YouTube did not launch until February 2005. Those were the days when a viral video had the online stage to itself for months at a time, as word of its existence spread through word-of-mouth chatter at the office or classroom.
Unlike most viral videos today, Raza did not post his own video online. The then 14-year-old high-school student had innocently made the video of himself on November 3, 2002, in anonymity as part of a school video club. Some ofRead More »from 10 years later, ‘Star Wars Kid’ speaks