Ghyslain Raza, 2003
In 2002, 15-year-old Ghyslain Raza taped himself mimicking Darth Maul from Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace. The tape was never erased and students soon found out about it. The tape became one of the very first Internet memes; The Star Wars Kid spawned many spoofs and parodies on the Web. And although Ghyslain became very popular and many viewers found him endearing – there even was a petition to get him a role in a Star Wars movie – Ghyslain’s saga was not a very pretty one. He endured a lot of harassment from fellow students and dropped out of school. The Star Wars Kid meme became a prime example of cyber bullying.