This is the 20th post in a daily series. Read about it here and see the list of previous posts here. A new post about “Star Wars” will be posted every day for 40 days leading up to the franchise’s 40th birthday on May 25th.
We explained yesterday that May 4th has been dubbed Star Wars Day because of the date’s built-in pun: “May the Fourth be with you.” But that’s only the beginning of the May festivities celebrating “Star Wars.”
In 2012, Victor Medina and his friend Eric Shirey created Revengeofthe5th.net after Medina’s nephew made a “Revenge of the Fifth” joke on May 4. Though the website was borne of a “Revenge of the Sith” pun, the day became an alternative (or companion) to May the Fourth. Medina said:
We thought the whole idea for ‘Revenge of the Fifth would cover the flipside of the Star Wars universe, with all the really goofy, funny stuff… everything that’s not necessarily canon or part of the original trilogy, but celebrates the fandom on the fringes of it…
There are those who say the second day should be celebrated on the 6th, making it Revenge of the Sixth, so as to not compete with Cinco de Mayo on the 5th. But then others say it should be Revenge of the Fifth, because Revenge of the Sixth sounds weird with the x sound.
There’s even disagreement as to what that second day should cover. Medina has said he and Shirley intended it celebrate the weird and quirky parts of the “Star Wars” universe. An example of this would be this fan-made video about a battle between Sith Lord Cuddlekittens and Sith Lord Cuddlekittens. As one does.
But celebrating the silly parts of “Star Wars” and celebrating the villains of the universe don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Medina himself said he liked that Star Wars Day had a lot of latitude:
What I liked about Star Wars Day is that a lot of folks celebrate it in their own way… I’d love to see the idea of having a two-day thing to celebrate Star Wars, but have that second day be for things that have grown off from Star Wars and to keep it fan-based.
Happy Revenge of the Fifth or Sixth. Or, both, as the case might be. After all, in regards to the Sith, “Always two there are.”