The Wall Street Journal asked actress Carrie Fisher, for her thoughts on the controversy surrounding "Slave Leia" themed toys being sold to children. Fisher has previously shared her feelings on Twitter, but has now provided a perfect way to explain the toy to your kids:
There’s been some debate recently about whether there should be no more merchandise with you in the “Return of the Jedi” bikini.
I think that’s stupid.
To stop making the merchandise?
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.
It's a teaching opportunity, parents!
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, George Lucas waxed poetic about the painful experience of letting go of Star Wars, and the lengths he's had to go to over the years in order to spare himself the vitriol of Star Wars fans. Apparently, "Lucas says he has assiduously avoided the Internet since 2000 — no Facebook, no Twitter, no e-mail even," which I guess means he's been lucky enough to never have to witness a debate about who shot first on someone's Facebook wall.
Speaking of who shot first, Lucas defended his "Greedo shot first" change as convincingly as you'll ever hear:
Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer?’ Because I was thinking mythologically — should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’ And when you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first] — you let them have the first shot. It’s a mythological reality that we hope our society pays attention to.
Han Solo may be a stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder, but the man's got a code. Luckily for Lucas, he won't be online to read the responses to that argument.
This image features Carrie Fisher in 2011 compared to now after losing over 35 pounds the newest Star Wars Movie. Fisher told Good Housekeeping UK that she felt pressured to lose the weight in order to reprise her role as Princess (now General) Leia Organa.
In the interview she expressed dissapointment that after 38 years, Hollywood is still appearance obsessed, particularily when it comes to slimming down female actresses and maybe she has a point. Princess Leia, a badass in her own right (see video below if you need proof), is more often remembered for her sex symbol status in the iconic "Slave Leia" gold bikini.
In 2004, Katie Johnson was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Her father, Albin Johnson, wanted to build an R2-D2 droid replica painted pink for her favorite color. It was named it R2-KT in her honor.
Although Katie has passed, the droid continues to be a symbol of hope in dark times for many Star Wars fans appearing at charity events often. R2-KT and a similar model called QT-KT have made appearances in many Star Wars properties including the Clone Wars animated series and this cameo in LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles:
Now it seems that R2-KT will most likely appear in the newest live action Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.
You may remember seeing this video back in October of Fox News hosts poking fun at Star Wars fans who were losing their minds over The Force Awakens. One of the contributors, Katherine Timpf, made a joke that she wasn't familiar with the series because she was "too busy liking cool things and being attractive," and has been receiving death threats ever since.
It was a pretty rude thing to say, but it's certainly nothing anyone should receive death threats over, many of which looked like this:
Guardian978: I want to cut that blonde c***’s face off and stick it to a thermal detonator. What a network full of c***s.
dethklok21: Wow what a f***ing thunder c***. I hope this b**** gets hit by a f***ing car.
Even in the face of rabid death threats, Timpf refuses to apologize: "I’m sick of oversensitive mobs in our overly sensitive society bullying people into saying that they’re sorry over jokes — even if the subject of the joke is something as serious as Star Wars. So, for that reason, I will not apologize."
Timpf is still receiving a slew of salty messages over a month later, but she's taking it in stride.
Google wants to know—Light Side or Dark Side?
The company announced a new Star Wars-themed site today that will change your Google experience across platforms depending on if you choose light or dark side.
Your choice will change the look of everything from YouTube to Gmail and Google Maps.
Clay Bavor, VP of Product Management at Google explains the activation on the Google Official Blog:
It's a place for fans, by fans, and starting today you can choose the light or the dark side, and then watch your favorite Google apps like Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome and many more transform to reflect your path. And that's just the beginning. We've got more coming between now and opening night—the Millennium Falcon in all its (virtual reality) glory included, so stay tuned. And we've hidden a few easter eggs, too. So awaken the Force within, and be on the lookout for things from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
So, what will it be?
The Dark Side or the Light?