Target Stores Accused of Sexism for Selling T-Shirt that Replaces Princess Leia with Luke Skywalker

Star Wars fans are accusing retail giant Target of sexism this week, after a T-shirt being sold in the chain’s stores featured an image that was altered to replace Princess Leia with Luke Skywalker.

The original image was taken during a scene in 1977’s Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, when former Jedi Knight and Sith Lord Darth Vader threatened rebel Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) for working with rebel spies.

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Franchise fans know the moment well, and were shocked last week upon seeing an image of the famed encounter revised to include Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

The Mirror newspaper gathered an assortment of responses to Target on Twitter, from fans who accused the chain store of being motivated by sexism:

Target responded to the criticism from one Star Wars fan on Twitter Thursday Oct. 15, writing, “It’s never our intention to leave anyone out! We’ll share your thoughts with the right teams.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the series, will debut in December.

Early tickets for the film went on sale Monday.

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