Parents Outraged by Star Wars Slave Leia Action Figure; Carrie Fisher Responds


Ever since Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was released in 1983, one of the film’s most lasting cultural impacts was made by the heroine princess Leia Skywalker during the first act. In the PG film, Skywalker was taken captive by space crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and was forced to wear a revealing outfit until freeing herself by using the chains that bound her to strangle him.

For context, you can watch this compilation of scenes depicting Skywalker’s enslavement and revenge killing here, courtesy of Lucasfilm:

Leia’s outfit has seen countless cultural uses and references in memorabilia since the film’s release, but in a Fox 29 report from Philadelphia, a father of two took issue with the princess when he saw her as an action figure at Target, calling it “inappropriate.”

“I got two daughters I don’t need seeing that crap,” said Fred Hill. “They’re like ‘dad why does this doll have a chain around its neck?’ I don’t have any answers. I was just blown away looking at it.”

Target reportedly told Fox 29 that it had complaints from other customers or from other stores selling the toy, but other shoppers had something to say about it.

“It’s just a bit much for a child. So, no, I probably wouldn’t give this to my 4-year-old and maybe not an 8-year-old,” Tiffany Mahan said. “It’s true to the scene, but I don’t know if I would purchase this for my girls,” added Allison Degarmo.

Carrie Fisher, who played Leia in all three films, responded to the controversy on Twitter, defending the toy and describing the scene as a triumph for her character:

Watch the report below, via Fox 29:

[h/t The Mary Sue]
[Image via Fox/screengrab]

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