What's wrong with Princess Leia in a slave bikini?
Disney has ordered that all merchandising based on Princess Leia in her classic metal slave bikini be halted.
Star Wars fans are saying goodbye to one of the most iconic images from the entire franchise, as Disney is reportedly doing away with Princess Leia's metal "slave bikini" costume.
KPCC reports Marvel Comics has advised all of its Star Wars artists not to draw Princess Leia in any provocative poses either, according to famed comic book artist J. Scott Campbell, who responded to the report on Facebook. "You will NOT see and [sic] future merchandising featuring the slave outfit ever again. Trust me."
In July, a Philadelphia father was outraged after seeing the toy version of Slave Leia, which has been around for decades, on a shelf while shopping at Target with his children. "That's pretty inappropriate," said Fred Hill. "I got two daughters I don't need seeing that crap."
Hill said his daughters asked why there was a chain around Princess Leia's neck, to which he responded: "I don't have any answers… I was just blown away looking at it."
A father was outraged by Princess Leia in a bathing suit with a chain? Really? Is this even 1% as shocking as disguised boys taking showers in girls' locker rooms? Or men dressed as naked Doberman Pinschers and prancing ponies volunteering to get whipped and spanked on the streets of San Francisco? I don't think so.
There are many Princess Leia action figures. There's the one where she's wearing her tossed salad camouflage outfit, and there's the one where she's chaste in white. For a brief period in one movie she was captured by Jabba the Hutt and dressed in a bikini. What's wrong with having an action figure for that, since it undoubtedly appeals to a lot of boys?
I think the problem is not the mildly sexual connotation, but the powerless component. It is no longer politically correct to show women as powerless under any circumstances. There seems to be an unwritten rule that women in movies now have to act aggressively like men.
I think this is because liberals believe in their heart of hearts that women are the weaker sex. Why else would they say that women are incapable of negotiating salaries? Why else would they act as though women are incapable of saying no to sex, requiring them to be asked about it every time a different area cries out for attention? Why else would they believe that women are incapable of consenting to be nude salad platters?
If liberals believed that women are truly equal, they would realize that women can at times be portrayed as powerless without diminishing women.
Exit question: Do you think they will re-release a new version of Return of the Jedi digitally clothing Princess Leia in a black ninja outfit?
This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.