After the tragic passing of film and screenwriting royalty Carrie Fisher, fans are left wondering how to further memorialize the iconic writer and actress. Obviously, she will always be most well-known for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars. To fans young and old, she will always be royalty. And now there is a fan petition to make it official.
The petition, which as of this writing has over 34,000 signatures, aims to have Disney make the character an official Disney Princess. In the Change.org posting, fan Cody Christensen calls for the following:
“After the tragic lose 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 and make Leia a full-fledged princess. This would be a wonderful way to remember Carrie and a welcoming to one of Disney’s new properties that is beloved by millions.
What we are asking is that the Walt Disney Corporation hold a full ceremony inducting Leia as the newest Disney princess as well as a special service in memory of Carrie Fisher.”
Some people may not be fully aware that there are rules for a character being made into an “official” Disney Princess, but we learn something new every day don’t we? That being said, I think here they could stand to make an exception. Disney paid $4 billion for Star Wars, and surely they wouldn’t want to waste any opportunity to make something off of that. But, for fans and fandom at large, it would be a nice thing to do to honor a character and woman who meant so very much to us for so long. Some would say it would be the ultimate tribute, with Leia blazing yet another trail and changing the rules one last time.
Jeremy Konrad loves Star Wars and collecting action figures and collectibles. He also watches wrestling, maybe more than Jude Terror. Follow him on Twitter @jeremyohio