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2 Live Crew Rapper Won't Let His Kids See 'Star Wars' Because George Lucas Sued Him

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Luther Campbell visits the SiriusXM Studios on Aug. 5, 2015 in New York City. 

In a galaxy far far away called Random Celebrity Grudges lives one of the only people on record who has vowed not to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens: 2 Live Crew front man Luther Campbell. “Every time I see a trailer, or an ad, for that movie, all I can think is I want that motherfucker George Lucas to give me my money back," Campbell has told Vulture, who dug deep into a decades-old vendetta to explain why an '80s hip-hop icon would take a public vow against the movie that is poised to become the all-time top-grossing film in the U.S. 

Apparently before 2 Live Crew formed in Miami in 1985, Campbell was a local DJ who went by the moniker "Luke Skywalker,” inspired not by the Mark Hamill character in the original Star Wars trilogy (which concluded in 1983) but by New York Knicks star Kenny "Sky" Walker. (Back then Campbell was known by the nickname "Luke" instead of his given name "Luther.") Once his new group began to accumulate fame -- and notoriety -- for their controversial lyrics, especially with the song "Me So Horny" from their 1989 album As Nasty As They Wanna Be, the George Lucas camp became concerned about this other, non-family friendly Luke Skywalker, which was also the name of 2 Live Crew's label (though Campbell had altered the spelling to "Skyywalker"). In 1990 Lucasfilm slapped him with a $300 million federal lawsuit charging Campbell and the label with allegations including trademark infringement and unfair competition.

"I could have settled, but then I watched the movie and I decided to fight it because I didn’t think I was infringing,” Campbell recalls. After getting arrested for wearing a Luke Skywalker logo shirt against a judge's orders however he decided to "take it on the chin" and eventually settled out of court for $300,000.

“I respect the fact that people love the movie," Campbell said, though he's told his kids, " if you really want to watch that movie, you can buy it bootleg." But there may be an even bigger motivation behind the boycott than he'd like to let on:

“I like f--king Star Trek,” Campbell admitted. "If you are a trekkie, you damn sure don’t love Star Wars.”