Under fire from feminists about the “sexist” depictions of “Slave Leia, rumor has it that Disney is planning to drop all merchandise featuring Princess Leia in her slave costume and pull any reference to it in marketing, yanking the chain on one of the most iconic costumes in sci-fi history.
The report comes from the site Making Star Wars, which regularly leaks insider info on the latest Star Wars developments. Editor-in-chief Jason Ward said that while he’d heard rumors a while back that Disney would be pulling the feminist-infuriating “Slave Leia” figure, he didn’t think the story had legs. But a recent Facebook post from Star Wars comic artist J. Scott Campbell seemed to confirm that Disney was going to be heeding feminists’ call, saying that Marvel artists are now forbidden not just to feature Leia in the costume but to even depict her in “a sexy pose.”
“Disney is already well on it’s’ way to wiping out the ‘slave’ outfit from any future products period,” wrote Campbell. “You will NOT see an[y] future merchandising featuring the slave outfit again. Trust me. … I’ve heard it from two sources. We can’t even draw Leia in a sexy pose at Marvel, let alone in that outfit! We also had a 3-D SL [Slave Leia] statue killed at a major manufacturer because there will no longer be any SL merchandise.”
As Ward explains, while Leia was described in the Return of the Jedi script as wearing a dancing girl’s clothes, collectors in the 1990s began to reference the figure as “Slave Leia,” and the name stuck. Ward suggests that pressure to pull the character might come not only the left, who find the “slave” reference demeaning to women, but also to some conservative parents, who might find the sexual aspects of the character distasteful. But with Disney’s all-out embrace of political correctness, the former is obviously the driving factor.
Carrie Fisher herself recently brought up the slave costume, advising The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley to “fight for your outfit.”
“Don’t be a slave like I was,” said Fisher. “You keep fighting against that slave outfit.”
Toyland notes that the Star Wars toymaker Hasbro recently “came under fire for not just having a lack of female Star Wars toys in general, but also for the fact that the Star Wars Black Series line went for several years with just a single female figure in the roster. The fact that it was the scantily-clad Return of the Jedi Leia, rather than any of the several other outfits the Princess wore during the saga, drew even more ire than if there had been no female toys at all.”
Yet again, a major company caves to the demands of the left. Other than liberal feminists, the other major winners are toy collectors, whose “Slave Leias” just skyrocketed in value.