Disney Renames ‘Star Wars’ Ship Due To Racial Connotations

Disney has renamed a ship from Star Wars as critics are arguing that there are racist connotations.
Credit: Disney

Disney has renamed a ship from Star Wars as critics are arguing that it has racial connotations.

It all started when LEGO was approached by Disney – who own the rights to the franchise – and said that any Boba Fett merchandise with the title ‘Slave 1’ would need to be changed, reports ComicBook.

It will now be referred to simply as ‘Starship’.

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Disney has asked LEGO to change the name of one of its Star Wars ships on merchandising due to racist connotations. Credit: LEGO

The change comes as Disney+ plans to launch a Star Wars spinoff, titled The Book of Boba Fett.

Discussing the decision, LEGO Stars War designer director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen said: “Everybody is [changing the name]… It’s probably not something which has been announced publicly, but it is just something that Disney doesn’t want to use anymore.”

Disney is now reevaluating past products for any negative connotations.

Previously, Princess Leia’s ‘Slave Leia’ costume has been fazed out of the franchise, as people argued it objectified women.

In a 2015 interview with Wall Street Journal, Carrie Fischer, who played the role, said: “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.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

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