NYT Blasted for 'Slave Leia' Pic with Carrie Fisher Obituary. Here's What Fisher Herself Said About It...
Actress Carrie Fisher passed away on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack Friday on a flight from London to Los Angeles. As family, friends, colleagues, and fans alike mourned her loss, media outlets put together retrospectives of her storied life.
But then the New York Times Obituaries page posted a link to Twitter, and they used that picture:
The response was swift and merciless:
Some pointed out that Carrie Fisher had often said in interviews that she didn't like the now-iconic gold bikini:
Fisher apparently hated the outfit enough to reference it in the advice she gave “The Force Awakens” actress Daisy Ridley:
"Do not to settle for simply being a sex symbol. You should fight for your outfit. Don’t be a slave like I was.”
In addition, Fisher told People magazine that she hated the outfit — but she also noted that there was redemption in it. She was able to show girls everywhere that even when you are stripped down to nothing, you can still rise up against your oppressor:
“What redeems it is I get to kill him, which was so enjoyable … I sawed his neck off with that chain that I killed him with. I really relished that because I hated wearing that outfit and sitting there rigid straight, and I couldn’t wait to kill him.”
Just three hours later after the posting, the New York Times Obituary account put up a link to the same story— with a new picture:
If Disney and Lucasfilm have their way, we won't be seeing the gold bikini much from here on out — they have agreed to stop manufacturing “Slave Leia” merchandise.