ALMOST two decades after it went viral, the infamous ‘Star Wars Kid’ has matured and is completely unrecognizable.
The Canadian teenager, whose real name is Ghyslain Raza, was one of the internet’s first viral video stars.
On YouTube alone, more than 36 million people watched as he toyed with a golf club and pretended to use a lightsaber.
It was even parodied in South Park, American Dad and Family Guy.
Although many saw it as the big laugh of the day, the result was that Raza actually suffered from widespread cyberbullying.
He made his own clip at school at the age of 15 but has no intention of making it public.
But some students got hold of it and posted the video online, leading to unrelenting ridicule.
In a 2013 interview, he said it was a “dark period” in his life.
“On the Internet, there are no limits,” he said. “It’s poison.”
Years later, Raza filed a $250,000/£145,000 lawsuit against four schoolmates he blamed for the nightmare.
They eventually reached an out-of-court settlement.
The unwanted Internet star has since used the video to talk about the harms of bullying and harassment, in order to help others.
He has also revealed that he was approached by some of the biggest talk shows in the world at the time but turned them down out of concern they just wanted to use him as a “circus performer”. .
Today, this force is very strong for Raza, who is now a successful lawyer in Canada.
Last year, he won a prestigious award for his work on the legal tradition of Quebec.
In the fall, he began his PhD at Queen’s University.
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