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Carrie Fisher Jokes About The "Slave Leia" Merchandise Controversy

by Andrew Reiner on Dec 04, 2015 at 07:52 AM

Carrie Fisher is currently making the press rounds for her forthcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and has been amusing as ever in many of her interviews, but hasn't revealed much about the role General Leia Organa will play 30-some years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Talking with The Wall Street Journal, Fisher was asked about the recent controversy surrounding Disney's rumored decision to no longer produce merchandise featuring the image of the bikini-clad "Slave Leia." For those of you who haven't seen Return of the Jedi, Leia was a slave to a crime lord named Jabba the Hutt, and was chained to him while wearing next to nothing.

"I think that's stupid," Fisher said of the debate. 'The father who flipped out about it, “What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?' Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage."

For years, Leia's gold bikini has walked a strange line between sex symbol and target for rightful accusations of sexual objectification of female characters in movies. It's certainly interesting to hear from the actress who originally donned the iconic outfit about her take on the controversy. We'd love to see some of Leia's other famous disguises and outfits from the old movies make more appearances in popular culture.