Fans of Carrie Fisher have been in mourning since her death on December 27, 2016 due to a massive heart attack the Friday before. Many saw her as the iconic Princess Leia from the Star Wars franchise. Her character was best known as an instrumental figure within the Rebel Alliance. Because of this, some fans are now petitioning Disney, the new owners of the franchise since 2012, to allow Leia into the official roster of Disney Princesses.
“After the tragic [loss] of Carrie Fisher, we feel that it is only fitting for Disney to do away with the rule that an official Disney princess must be animated,” reads the petition, addressing Disney CEO Bob Iger. “This would be a wonderful way to remember Carrie and a welcoming to one of Disney’s new properties that is beloved by millions.”
Cody Christensen, a father of five daughters who started the campaign, told GeekExchange that Princess Leia would make a good addition to the Princess lineup, which includes Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and more modern characters such as Tiana, Merida, and Mulan despite her not being a princess at all.
“We are big fans of the current Princess line-up, but I think that Leia is a really strong, positive, awesome role model for my girls,” he said.
The Disney Princess franchise started in 2000, but not every female lead in Disney‘s huge vault of animated films made onto the list. Frozen‘s Elsa, for example, isn’t on the official roster. Maybe because she’s really a queen? Her sister Anna doesn’t seem to be on the list either, and she is still definitely a princess.
As of writing this, there have been 36,903 supporters. Disney has yet to respond to the petition.
What do you think? Should Princess Leia be further immortalized as just one of the gals in the Disney Princess lineup, or should she just continue her reign in a franchise where she stands out and continues to be the boss-ass bitch of the entire Star Wars universe?