If he really was just trying to joke around, George Lucas needs a humor check after he called Disney "white slavers" during a recent interview with Charlie Rose.

A day after video of the interview popped up online, Twitter users began skewering Lucas, who in 2012 sold his studio and the Star Wars franchise to Disney for $4 billion dollars. The director called his Star Wars films "kids" and then admitted to Rose that he "sold them to the white slavers that take these things, and..."

Lucas left the thought unfinished, laughing before Rose dropped the topic and moved on to a less explosive question.

Social media users were more than happy to take up the criticism banner.

 In this March 13, 2008 file photo, "Star Wars" director/producer George Lucas poses for portrait in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
In this March 13, 2008 file photo, "Star Wars" director/producer George Lucas poses for portrait in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) ( Matt Sayles )

Tom Chang wrote, "#GeorgeLucas comes off hypocritical esp since he banked on nostalgia during #SWSaga."

Bethbethbeth added, "Are you and your $4 billion feeling oppressed, George Lucas?"

Really, can we entirely blame Lucas for feeling a little bitter. After all, the latest film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" -- in which he played no part -- has already grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.

And make no mistake, "The Force Awakens" was not how Lucas would have done the film.

"They wanted to do a retro movie. I don't like that," Lucas told Rose. "Every movie, I worked very hard to make them different. I made them completely different -- different planets, different spaceships to make it new."


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Lucas acknowledged that he had planned on writing and directing the sequels to "Return of the Jedi." That ended when Disney stepped in with its own vision.

"They weren't that keen to have me involved anyway, but if I get in there, I'm just going to cause trouble, because they're not going to do what I want them to do," Lucas said. "And I don't have the control to do that anymore, and all I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, 'OK, I will go my way, and I'll let them go their way.' "

But going his own way, apparently doesn't mean going quietly.

Ann Tatko-Peterson provides celebrity commentary for the Bay Area News Group. Follow her at twitter.com/atatkopeterson.