An actor who once played the bounty hunter Boba Fett in Star Wars has criticized Disney’s decision to bring cancel culture to a galaxy far, far away.
Mark Anthony Austin, who played Boba Fett in the re-issued version of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, tweeted his disappointment in the studio’s request to strike the name of the character’s spaceship — “Slave 1” — off the new LEGO Star Wars toy.
“I cannot put into words how much I love this spaceship. It’s like Han has Chewie. I’ve always had Slave1. You cannot change that,” he tweeted Monday. (Austin also worked as a digital graphics artist on the movie.)
— Mark Anthony Austin (@BobaFettANHSE) June 28, 2021
Jedi News reported Monday that LEGO’s toy version of Boba Fett’s ship won’t be called “Slave 1” after Disney specifically requested a name change. Instead, the ship will be known simply as “Boba Fett’s Starship.”
Slave 1 first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. It later appeared in the 1997 re-issue of A New Hope.
The decision to cancel the spaceship’s name comes shortly after Disney dropped actress Gina Carano from the Star Wars series The Mandalorian after she shared a social media post likening modern cancel culture to Nazi Germany.