Han Shot First

Scott Lenet – Have you ever seen a shirt that says “Han shot first” and wondered what it meant?

In the original 1977 Star Wars film, Episode IV, Luke and Obi-Wan first meet Han Solo in the Mos Eisley cantina, where Han is confronted and threatened by Greedo. To settle their dispute, Han shoots Greedo preemptively, using a blaster hidden under the table.

But the original trilogy was updated in the 1990s with contemporary special effects, and the cantina scene in A New Hope was changed so that Han shot Greedo in self-defense — reportedly to make him more sympathetic.

Fanboys were outraged at the retroactive attempt to make their favorite character less of a scoundrel, and the controversy became legendary among the nerd elite, spawning memes, angry screeds, and of course, tee shirts.

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