Carrie Fisher has always been a lot of fun, especially when it comes to Star Wars (and her time growing up in a famous family). She’s always been honest and opinionated about her time in George Lucas’ science fiction play and doesn’t hold back on the snark. So it’s really no surprise she’s had an opinion on the strange controversy circling her slave bikini from Return Of The Jedi.
You might remember the dad who had a problem with his daughter seeing a “Slave Leia” action figure, leading to some confusion on how he could explain the figure to his daughters. Luckily, we have Carrie Fisher around to clear it up in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal:
There’s been some debate recently about whether there should be no more merchandise with you in the “Return of the Jedi” bikini.
I think that’s stupid.
To stop making the merchandise?
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.
If that wasn’t enough, the same question came up again during an interview with the LA Times:
“How about telling his daughter that the character is wearing that outfit not because she’s chosen to wear it. She’s been forced to wear it,” Fisher advises. “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.”
With word that Disney is killing any slave bikini related merchandise, this opinion might not matter. It would seem that Marvel, Disney, and anybody else out there with Star Wars merchandise to sell isn’t willing to go to that well and alienate a very large group of consumers. At least that’s honesty too, sort of co-existing with Fisher’s response to the father and his ilk. The people they’re trying to sell to.