This week in parental overreacting: a Philadelphia father is outraged that Target and other retail giants are selling a scantily clad Princess Leia doll in a “slave” outfit from the infamous Jabba the Hutt death scene in Return of the Jedi. Is there a shortage of things to be offended by this week or something?
Single dad Fred Hill is not happy about Princess Leia’s outfit. He told Fox 29, “”That’s pretty inappropriate. I got two daughters I don’t need seeing that crap.” He also added, “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.”
Look dad, I’m a feminist killjoy — and even I don’t have a problem with this doll. You know why? A little thing called “context.”
I’m going to admit something I usually don’t admit in mixed company: I’ve never seen Star Wars. So when I first saw this totally bizarre outfit on Princess Leia, I thought, “That’s pretty terrible. What’s with the chain?” I decided to go to the entity that answers all my questions: Google. It was there I learned that this outfit comes from a scene in Return of the Jedi where Princess Leia is being an absolute boss and going to rescue Han Solo from Jabba’s Palace. Jabba the Hutt is a slug-like blobby alien crime boss. He takes Princess Leia and imprisons her by wrapping that chain around her neck. He’s also a pervert so he makes her don that stupid bikini.
It seriously took me less than two minutes to learn that.
So, the answer to “Dad, why does this doll have a chain around its neck” is – “because she is a strong, fierce woman who was held captive but actually took the chain of her captivity and strangled the shit out of her giant blob of a captor with it. Basically — she’s amazing. The chain is broken because she freed herself.”
That’s a pretty good answer, right?
Talk to your kids, parents. And if you don’t like the way a doll is dressed, don’t buy it. Problem solved.