WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, has issued an apology to local Star Wars fans for offending them by posting a slideshow to the station website showing fans in costume along with with questionable captions.
“We apologize to those who we inadvertently offended with our Star Wars slideshow,” David Boylan, vice president and general manager of WPLG told TVSpy. “It was posted by an member of our staff who is an avid Star Wars fan. He took the pictures and added what were intended to be humorous captions largely of people in creative Star Wars costumes at a convention he attended over the weekend in Orlando. His goal was to create a lighthearted web feature. After getting complaints yesterday, we removed the slideshow from our website. Again, to those who were offended, we apologize.”
The dust up began when fans began posting irate reactions to the station’s Facebook page. The fans, who have websites of their own and aren’t afraid to use them, also took to the internet by posting to their own blogs and Facebook pages to express their displeasure with the way WPLG was handling the situation.