Don’t give in to the Dark Side. An apology

4 May

This should be a time for celebration. Brentford fans know what I mean. Instead, I’m angry again as Star Wars, the second best film franchise of all time (nobody can top ‘Roger’ era Bond) sends me to the bitter depths of despair. So angry it’s not even a football article today.

Yes, it is the fourth of May.

I apologise in advance for repeating a lot of what I’ve said before. I love Twitter but today it’s being given a wide berth. Sci-fi geeks and lovers of crap jokery everywhere have, already, began infecting my social media timeline with the hilarious ‘May the fourth be with you’ comment.

Even now, writing those horrible, horrible words, I can feel a little bit of sick rising to the back of my throat.

Please – I beg of you – it’s not too late. It’s not funny, it’s not clever, its not original and using this weak, weak pun does not make you into some 21st Century Oscar Wilde. I love bad wordplay as much as the next man but this limp ‘gag’ forsakes humour for twee. And those are two fields which are a world apart.

It’s the sort of ‘joke’ used by people who find The Krankies or ‘Big Mouth Billy Bass’ ( ‘Take me to the river” – don’t tempt me) the height of cultural sophistication.

So this fourth of May, if you really want to enjoy Star Wars then stick on The Force Awakens or Return of the Jedi. Perhaps fast-forwarding through any Ewok related content.

Just don’t. Use. That. Phrase.



4 Responses to “Don’t give in to the Dark Side. An apology”

  1. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) May 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    Dont worry Nick I sense a Twitter backlash of sorts today. The gag is old and very tired & many are pointing this out today.

    Being a quirky Englishman I prefer to look forward to 23 November, Dr Who’s birthday

  2. Spanish Bee May 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    Star Wars has been Disneyfied. ‘Nuff said

  3. Jax May 5, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    No need to fret as today is apparently “Revenge of the 5th” I’m so reliably informed by half of my newsfeed.

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