Brendan Grant, a 22 year old terminally-ill Star Wars fan, has a dying wish: to unsee Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Brendan Grant’s wish might just come true.
An online petition, which went viral some time last week, has gathered almost 200,000 signatures as of this morning. The petition asks that the world’s leading scientists come together and find some way to remove all memory of The Phantom Menace that Brendan Grant might have.
Tammy Garza, who signed the petition, was emphatic in her support of Brendan, “It’s a tragedy that he’s being taken from this world before his time. But it’s too much to bear to think of him on his deathbed, with a completely clear recollection of the entirety of Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Oh my god, I just remembered that outfit they had Natalie Portman in. Oh my god.”
Maurice Mullins, a frequent writer of Star Wars fan fiction, became emotional when asked about Grant, “I…I can’t sleep at night, thinking about Brendan, hooked up to who knows how many machines, unable to think about anything except those dumbass f*cking little breathing machines that Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon pull out immediately when they find out Jar-Jar’s city is underwater. Like…do they carry those with them at all times?”
Several former Star Wars actors have joined in support of Grant. Harrison Ford sent Grant a signed leather vest and also tweeted his support:
Liam Neeson was contacted for this article, but he refused to say anything about the Phantom Menace other than:
“Fuck Jake Lloyd”
Jake Lloyd played Young Anakin, and is pictured below. (Viewer Discretion Advised)
At this point, it is unclear whether or not Scientists will discover a cure for The Phantom Menace before Brendan’s illness gets the best of him, but we can hope. May the force be with all of us.