Whoever thought a toy would be so controversial.
Slave Leia was the object of perfection and desire for many back in the day when Princess Leia was shown wearing a gold bikini as she was held captive by Jabba the Hutt in "The Empire Strikes Back." But even though it was one of the most recognizable outfits in movie history, it is not without its critics.
Feminists for decades have criticized the costume for turning the strong female fighter from the Original Trilogy into nothing more than a sexual object for a whole generation. Many parents have also voiced their displeasure with toys donning the skimpy metal outfit, not wanting it to send the wrong message to their little girls.
Carrie Fisher herself shared that in retrospect, she wishes she spoke up for herself more and her image at being a reluctant sex symbol because of the costume. But when Disney recently decided to discontinue the hypersexualized Slave Leia image from all toys and marketing materials related to Star Wars, the princess herself had a few things to say, starting off vague with a Twitter post.
SlaveLeiaDollsR causingOUTRAGE 4Sum parents onFox TV& Im thinking-if folksR outraged NOW, shouldnt I have beenOUTRAGED40yrs ago?MAYBE I WAS!— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) July 15, 2015
However, in a new interview, she reveals exactly what she feels about the controversy behind her infamous outfit.
"'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," she said.
Ever a fighter on screen and off, it seems that Carrie Fisher has the perfect comeback to all the fuss being made over her iconic costume.