Twice this weekend one of the original Star Wars trilogy's landmarks has been thrown under the bus, and with good cause. First Carrie Fisher advised saga newcomer, and apparent New Hope, Daisy Ridley; not to allow anyone to put her in that gold bikini, and now Captain Phasma herself Gwendoline Christie is taking a well aimed shot at that slave costume...
Miss Christie wasn't referring directly to Princess Leia's revealing costume, but she did comment that all too often in film and television women are defined by there physicality. The Game of Thrones actress went on to celebrate Captain Phasma as a bold, mold breaking role that allows a woman to embody one of the first female villains (I'm allowing myself to count Asajj Ventress and the Seventh Sister as female villains too!) without defaulting to the usual objectification.
There is so much to admire here. Yes it's time to distance ourselves from the traditional roles in these films, just as George Lucas and Carrie Fisher did in 1977 with Princess Leia. Let's not forget, that Leia was not a damsel in distress, nor was she a shrinking violet. Leia's wardrobe did little to trade on Miss Fishers physicality, and the character helped change attitudes toward female roles. I very much look forward to seeing what Miss Christie does with Captain Phasma. I imagine a character cut from similar cloth to Boba Fett, with Miss Christie's movements doing more to communicate a different sensibilty, thanks in part to her femininity.
I'm pleased to see the positive effect Kathleen Kennedy is having at Lucasfilm, not that there was any weakness there to begin with. Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia, did a lot for equality in my (humble male) opinion. I even think that gold bikini was a statement about Leia's power. It was Jabba's intention to humiliate Leia by placing her in that costume, but instead Leia wore it defiantly and took that power back.
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