Furious dad hates Leia doll - we do too, for different reasons
Fred Hill, father of two young daughters and apparently recently revived from being frozen in time since May 24, 1983, awoke just in time to be horribly scandalized by Hasbro’s Princess Leia “slave girl” action figure from its Star Wars Black Series (itself released in 2013, so, uhm, even that’s not exactly new).
Upon coming across the “sexy” doll on the shelves at his local Target, Hill told Philadelphia’s Fox affiliate, “I got two daughters I don’t need seeing that crap. They’re like dad, ‘why does this doll have a chain around its neck?’ I don’t have any answers. I was just blown away looking at it.”
Clearly Mr. Hill has never checked out the slut-shaming material over in the Barbie aisle. And he’s also obviously unfamiliar with the circumstances that led to Princess Leia becoming enslaved in the first place. For those outliers like Hill that are clueless about the Star Wars canon, in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Princess Leia is a key part of a brave plan to free Han Solo from the horrible crime lord Jabba the Hutt. Not only is she the one to spring Solo from his carbonite tomb, but also after she is captured, she endures her time in captivity with characteristic sassiness and – SPOILER ALERT! – eventually ends up turning the choke chain on her captor and kills him with her bare hands.
Note to Mr. Hill: Even though the package says ages 4 and up, if you don’t want your kids to have a Princess Leia slave doll, then don’t buy them one.
Meanwhile, if there’s anything to be up in arms about, it’s the strangely stupefied expression painted on Princess Leia’s face.
C’mon Hasbro – the Princess is a bad ass, and by Episode VI she’s more than amply proved it.
Then again, even George Lucas never put a lightsaber in her hand nor did he ever portray her using the Force like her father and brother, so who’s zoomin’ whom?
It’s our greatest hope for Mr. Hill’s daughters and our own that by this Christmas with the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, there’ll be a Princess Leia Organa action figure for us all – one with a lightsaber in her hand, the Force apparent on her strong, furrowed brow, and looking like the warrior she truly is.