The Star Wars Kid had a few rough years—but now he’s back, and the Force is with him.
Ghyslain Raza, born in ’88, was the subject to extreme bullying after a video of him clumsily wielding a mock-Star Wars weapon leaked and went viral in 2002. So viral, in fact, that after pulling in hundreds of millions of views all across the internet, comedy cartoon American Dad parodied it. The embarrassment and humiliation from his high school classmates and the “public at large” was enough to land him in a psych ward soon after. He and his family initially sued for a quarter-million dollars in 2003, but instead settled for an undisclosed amount out of court.
That was his first lick of law, but definitely not his last.
Ghyslain is now a Canadian law student at McGill University in Montreal, and president of Patrimoine Trois-Rivières, which is a heritage society dedicated to conserving his hometown in Quebec.
Last decade wasn’t so great for him. This decade, things are looking a little better.