One of the most iconic images of the Star Wars franchise is Princess Leia clad in a skimpy metal bikini in Return of the Jedi. The outfit, which Leia wore while she was enslaved by Jabba the Hutt, has spawned countless costume variations and likely served as masturbatory fodder for geeks spanning generations. But it may not be around for much longer.
Marvel comic artist J. Scott Campbell, who has worked on Marvel’s Star Wars titles, took to Facebook to discuss the rumors that the imagery would be discontinued from art and merchandising. “Disney is already well on it’s way to wiping out, the ‘slave’ outfit from any future products period. You will NOT see and future merchandising featuring the slave outfit ever again. Trust me. [sic]”
He added that he’s heard it from two sources and that he “never said their decision was logical.” (Here’s some logic for you: Objectifying a woman held against her will is never a good look!)
Campbell tweeted out further clarification on Monday that he wasn't speaking with any authority, just mentioning a trend he had noticed.
Carrie Fisher, who plays Princess Leia, recently expressed discomfort about the costume in a conversation with Daisy Ridley, who will be playing Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that was published in Interview:
FISHER: Oh, you're going to have people have fantasies about you! That will make you uncomfortable, I'm guessing.
RIDLEY: Yeah, a bit.
FISHER: Have you been asked that?
RIDLEY: No, they always talk about how you're a sex symbol, and how do I feel about that. [Fisher sighs] I'm not a sex symbol! [laughs]
FISHER: Listen! I am not a sex symbol, so that's an opinion of someone. I don't share that.
RIDLEY: I don't think that's the right—
FISHER: Word for it? Well, you should fight for your outfit. Don't be a slave like I was.
RIDLEY: All right, I'll fight.
FISHER: You keep fighting against that slave outfit.
RIDLEY: I will.
Maxim has reached out to Marvel and Hasbro for comment. We will update this post if we learn further information.