So far, one of the best things about Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens is Carrie Fisher's press tour. First she kind of sort of spilled the beans about Leia Organa's return as General Leia in the new movie because hey, someone asked. Then she let slip that Star Wars was filming in London because she's a busy lady who doesn't have time for overwrought secrecy. Now she's speaking out about Leia's slave bikini, one stop on the press junket at a time. 

Back in October, Fisher interviewed supposed Star Wars sex symbol successor Daisy Ridley for Interview magazine and, rather than asking her probing questions, gave her a lot of motherly advice:

FISHER: Oh, you're going to have people have fantasies about you! That will make you uncomfortable, I'm guessing.

RIDLEY: Yeah, a bit.

FISHER: Have you been asked that?

RIDLEY: No, they always talk about how you're a sex symbol, and how do I feel about that. [Fisher sighs] I'm not a sex symbol! [laughs]

FISHER: Listen! I am not a sex symbol, so that's an opinion of someone. I don't share that. 

RIDLEY: I don't think that's the right—

FISHER: Word for it? Well, you should fight for your outfit. Don't be a slave like I was.

Then a rumor surfaced that Disney would no longer make Slave Leia toys and action figures, and Fisher had plenty to say on the subject, first in an interview with the Wall Street Journal:

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.

And then to the Los Angeles Times:

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.

"Giant saliva testicle," indeed. Finally, Fisher appeared on Good Morning America yesterday, much to interviewer Amy Robach's chagrin. She brought her dog, Gary Fisher, who's already seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and she derailed almost every single one of Robach's questions, refusing to discuss her weight loss, and telling Robach that her parents "mated well."


It's a beautiful mess of an interview because Carrie Fisher is not here to lob softballs into the lap of mainstream media, she's not here to be fetishized, and she's certainly not here to discuss whether or not she thinks the new Star Wars is good. "I got in character, and I've never gotten out again," she said. "And really, I've tried everything." Leia Organa would be proud.