The image of Princess Leia in a golden bikini sitting beside Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi has been an inescapable part of pop culture for decades. Go to any comics convention on the planet and you’re likely to see at least half a dozen women wearing the “Slave Leia” costume, and it’s been featured in everything from posters to Micro Machines playsets for years. It’s hard to imagine someone who could still be shocked by it, but apparently Fred Hill is indeed one of those people.
Hill was recently the focus of a myfoxphilly story after he visited a local Target with his daughters and was shocked to find that “Slave Leia,” as fans call her, was on toy shelves as part of the Star Wars Black line of action figures.
“That’s pretty inappropriate,” he said, "I got 2 daughters I don’t need seeing that crap.”
According to the report, other parents agreed that the action figure, which also features a chain around the neck (because Leia is Jabba’s captive), shouldn’t be available to young children.
“It’s just a bit much for a child. So no I probably wouldn’t give this to my 4 year old and maybe not an 8 year old,” Tiffany Mahan said.
OK, let’s be honest about this: I don’t think that anyone is entitled to get mad that someone else is offended about something. Pop culture mileage varies for everyone, and the over-sexualization of women in film is an important topic that we should keep talking about. However, I and many fellow nerds (male and female) have been seeing Leia in this outfit since we were approximately three years old. She’s wearing a bikini, something women everywhere put on all the time. It might be a little jarring, but it’s certainly not graphic.
That being said…come on, Disney, give kids more Princess Leia toys with actual clothes on them, would you?