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Carrie Fisher says banning Princess Leia gold bikini merchandise is 'stupid'

Published 05/12/2015 | 12:04

Princess Leia in a gold bikini in Return of the Jedi
Princess Leia in a gold bikini in Return of the Jedi
The iconic cast of the first Star Wars release: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Followed by 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi,' this was the first of a groundbreaking trilogy. More than 20 years later George Lucas would revisit the Star Wars universe, producing a series of three prequels. In keeping with the new chronology, the first release was renamed 'Episode IV: A New Hope.'
Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Actress Carrie Fisher has spoken out about the controversy surrounding a proposed ban on sales of merchandise with Princess Leia's iconic gold bikini in Return of the Jedi.

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Last month, it was reported that Disney were considering removing the Princess Leia bikini merchandise from shelves.

Marvel Comics artist J.Scott Campbell sparked the debate when he wrote a detailed Facebook post indicating Disney would be phasing out future production.

"Disney is already well on its way to wiping out the "slave" outfit from any future products period. You will NOT see any future merchandising featuring the slave outfit ever again. Trust me," he went on."

Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia
in a gold bikini. Even with Jabba the Hutt slobbering about in the background!
Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia in a gold bikini. Even with Jabba the Hutt slobbering about in the background!

"I’ve heard it from two sources,” he posted. “We can’t even draw Leia in a sexy pose at Marvel, let alone in that outfit! We also had a 3-D SL statue killed at a major manufacturer because there will no longer be any SL merchandise.”

But one person who doesn't agree with the idea is Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the 1983 film.

When asked by Byron Tau from the Wall Street Journal about the debate, she responded: "I think that’s stupid.

"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.

Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Fisher added that she never considered not reprising her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens due to a lack of roles for older women in Hollywood.

"’ve been this character for 40 years, why would I not? Because I’m going to be associated with Princess Leia more? There is no 'more'," she explained.

"And I’m a female working in show business, where, if you’re famous, you have a career until you’re 45, maybe. Maybe. And that’s about 15 people."

The iconic cast of the first Star Wars release: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Followed by 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi,' this was the first of a groundbreaking trilogy. More than 20 years later George Lucas would revisit the Star Wars universe, producing a series of three prequels. In keeping with the new chronology, the first release was renamed 'Episode IV: A New Hope.'
The iconic cast of the first Star Wars release: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Followed by 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi,' this was the first of a groundbreaking trilogy. More than 20 years later George Lucas would revisit the Star Wars universe, producing a series of three prequels. In keeping with the new chronology, the first release was renamed 'Episode IV: A New Hope.'

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