In a pair of interviews with The Wall Street Journal and LA Times, the actress was asked about the fresh controversy surrounding her golden bikini, worn while Leia was a prisoner of Jabba the Hutt. Where Disney is reportedly making an effort to shy away from the moment, Fisher said the entire debate is “stupid.” She also noted that anyone concerned about it should take the scene at face value — and remember, Leia got the last laugh in the end.
Here’s an excerpt from her comments:
“The father who flipped out about it, ‘What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?’ Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage…
How about telling his daughter that the character is wearing that outfit not because she’s chosen to wear it. She’s been forced to wear it. She’s a prisoner of a giant testicle who has a lot of saliva going on and she does not want to wear that thing and it’s ultimately that chain, which you’re now indicating is some sort of accessory to S&M, that is used to kill the giant saliva testicle…. That’s asinine.”
Fisher makes an excellent point, and though the golden bikini has obviously been fetishized in fandom and cosplay in the years since the film’s release, it still led to a strong moment for Leia as she choked Jabba with the very chain holding her captive.