A petition on Change.org to make Princess Leia an official Disney Princess has caught like wildfire the past few days.
The writer of the petition Cody Christensen is asking Disney to immortalize the beloved Star Wars character and put her in a class all by herself, making her the first live action Disney Princess. Doing so would honor the late Carrie Fisher, who tragically and suddenly passed away last month. The petition is well on its way to 100,000 signatures, 2/3’s of the way to its 150,000 signature goal.
One of Disney’s current rules states that a Princess must be from an animated film for consideration. The list right now includes iconic characters like Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, and Pocahontas, among others. The Disney Princess line is its own franchise owned by The Walt Disney Company, the same company who purchased LucasFilm from George Lucas in 2012.
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Disney should absolutely make Leia an official Princess. Not only would it be a great way to honor Carrie Fisher, but Princess Leia is a great role model for little girls everywhere. I know my stepdaughter absolutely loves Disney Princesses. She watches the movies all the time, has the costumes and dresses up to pretend she is one of the characters. She Plays with the dolls and toys daily. Princess Leia would be someone I would love to see her idolize and dream of becoming. Why?
Who is Princess Leia at the root? She is a strong lead role played by an actress in a live action film, who overcomes crazy odds and adversaries. Not a fictional character with unattainable features and male counterparts that save them, virtually every current Disney Princess movie has that.
Leia is the almost the opposite. Many times throughout the films she is the one who saves the day. Of her fellow male characters, she is the one the Rebellion trusts with being the custodian of the Death Star plans. Princess Leia is a strong leader, who is independent, intelligent, courageous, and outspoken. Which is why she is an amazing role model for little girls everywhere who dream of becoming a princess.
Image Credit: Lucasfilm
On top of all that, Disney owes it to the millions of Star Wars fans across the globe, to honor Carrie Fisher. A major tribute to her is deserved and needs to happen.
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Who knows what the Star Wars franchise would have been without her? It is an alternate reality I would never want to see.