Carrie Fisher never liked that metal bikini from Return of the Jedi.
Despite being the object of millions of young boys’ affection across the globe for briefly wearing the costume in the finale of the original trilogy — and becoming the ultimate in Cosplay dress-up in the process — she always felt it was beneath her to wear it.
Nevertheless, it will come as a surprise to many when they hear what she has to say about the growing controversy around “Slave Leia” toys.
In comments reported by WGAL, Carrie Fisher was asked to weigh in on a father’s concern for his child seeing the “Slave Leia” bikini and the rumored ban that has yet to take effect on new toy versions of the classic look.
“I think that’s stupid,” Fisher said
“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.”
In additional comments to the Los Angeles Times, Fisher said the father should say Leia “is wearing that outfit not because she’s chosen to wear it. She’s been forced to wear it.”
But then came the part that anyone who knows the real Carrie Fisher was waiting for.
“She’s a prisoner of a giant testicle who has a lot of saliva going on and she does not want to wear that thing and it’s ultimately that chain, which you’re now indicating is some sort of accessory to S&M, that is used to kill the giant saliva testicle. That’s asinine.”
Of course, none of this means that Fisher was on board for the idea of being Slave Leia. Earlier this year, she was asked to share advice with Daisy Ridley regarding the new trilogy.
Her advice, as reported by the AV Club, was to “fight for her outfit.”
“Don’t be a slave like I was,” she continued, to which Ridley said she would do so. “You keep fighting against that slave outfit,” she repeated.
Now living in more socially conscious times, Ridley certainly has more of a voice because of the efforts of people like Carrie Fisher, so while Disney may not go as far as outright banning the Slave Leia toy moving forward, Ridley should be able to speak up if Abrams or anyone else wants to objectify her in the same way that Fisher was in ROTJ.
After all, she has Carrie Fisher herself publicly watching her back.
For fans wanting to see more of the Star Wars original, they’re likely to be disappointed. Currently, it is uncertain whether Fisher makes it out of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens alive.
Some are expecting a classic character to check out, though Fisher is hardly rumored as the favorite. If anyone dies from the original trilogy, it will likely be Han Solo (Harrison Ford) or Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew).
The IMDb page for Carrie Fisher certainly isn’t giving up any secrets. The Force Awakens is her latest project with nothing beyond 2015, so only time will tell if fans get to see more of her in the already-greenlit Episodes VIII and IX.
As to the controversy, what do you think, readers?
Was the response of Carrie Fisher one that you agree with, or did the father have a legitimate point with his concerns about the outfit? Should Disney ban all Slave Leia toys moving forward? Sound off in the comments section.