Disney renames Boba Fett's cruiser Slave I to Firespray

Disney renames Boba Fett's cruiser Slave I to Firespray

08/19/2021

From Wookies to Wokies! Disney officially renames Boba Fett’s Slave I cruiser to Firespray in entertainment giant’s latest PC move

  • Disney will be giving Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett’s ship, previously known as Slave I, a new name
  • The new name was revealed as Firespray by Marvel in a tease for a new series of comic books called War of the Bounty Hunters
  • The ship was known as Slave I because it has a reputation earned from decades of successfully capturing fugitives
  • The new name carries reference to the ship’s official model classification as a Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft
  • The design director of the Star Wars LEGO series said that the name ‘is just something that Disney doesn’t want to use any more’ in May  
  • Actor and digital artist Mark Anthony Austin, who worked on the 1990s re-releases of the original film, is strongly opposing the name change, saying ‘My ship will forever be Slave1’
  • Some Star Wars diehards see the change as bowing to political correctness, citing Disney’s firing of Gina Carano from Disney+ series The Mandelorian 
  • Disney has also added content warnings to films and TV series on its Disney+ streaming service and made changes at theme parks 

Disney has officially renamed Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett’s ship, previously known as Slave I, to Firespray in its latest woke move. 

The new name was revealed on Thursday by Marvel in a teaser for one of the upcoming comic book stories, which takes place between the classic Star Wars films Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, according to Bounding Into Comics.  

Disney has not given a reason for the name change, but LEGO Star Wars Design Director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen said back in May that ‘it is just something Disney doesn’t want to see anymore.’ 

Disney has officially renamed Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett’s ship, previously known as Slave I, to Firespray in its latest woke move

In War of the Bounty Hunters, Boba Fett travels to Jabba the Hutt’s palace to deliver the infamously frozen body of Han Solo. The issue featuring Boba Fett and Firespray is slated to be released in September. The name could also be reflected in the upcoming Disney+ spinoff The Book of Boba Fett, which is scheduled for December 

Renaming Slave I has been met with backlash from fans and even actor Mark Anthony Austin, who has worked on the series and who portrayed Boba Fett in the 1997 special edition of the original film, now titled A New Hope

‘My ship will forever be Slave I. Nothing. Not even #disney can or will change that. This is the way,’ Austin wrote on Twitter in June . He has since made several further tweets opposing the name change

In the past two years, especially since the launch of the Disney+ streaming service and it’s acquisitions of properties from Star Wars to Fox Entertainment, Disney has faced backlash for making a number of politically correct changes to its movies, theme parks and rides. 

It included slapping cultural warnings on movies and TV series like Peter Pan, Jungle Book and The Muppet Show; removing Snow White’s kiss from the Prince on a ride at Disney World and entirely eliminating the legendary ‘boys and girls’ greeting from the ‘Happily Ever After’ fireworks show at Disney World.

Renaming Slave I has been met with backlash from fans and even actor Mark Anthony Austin, who has worked on the series and who portrayed Boba Fett in the 1997 special edition of the original film, now titled A New Hope.  

‘My ship will forever be Slave1. Nothing. Not even #disney can or will change that. This is the way,’ Austin wrote on Twitter in June. He has since made several further tweets opposing the name change.

While many fans on Twitter are acknowledge that the new name is just a reflection of the model of ship Firespray is, some see it at Disney’s continued bowing to political correctness on George Lucas’ legendary franchise, especially after actress and former MMA star Gina Carano was fired from The Mandelorian in February.  

‘Disney is tanking the franchise with this woke nonsense,’ said one Twitter user. ‘I’m glad George [Lucas] got his money it’s well deserved but Disney has killed Star Wars for me. They fired Gina Carano for no reason, they made 3 s— films and they ‘changed’ the name of the slave-1 ps it’s still the slave-1.’

SLAVE I WAS NAMED TO REFLECT ITS REPUTATION FOR CAPTURING FUGITIVES

Boba Fett’s ship, formerly Slave I, is ‘a powerful pursuit craft’ made famous by Boba Fett’s father, Jango Fett, and inherited by Boba for use on his career as a bounty hunter. 

That work is being put to good use in War of the Bounty Hunters, in which Boba Fett attempts to deliver the frozen body of Han Solo at the end of Empire Strikes Back to Jabba the Hut’s palace.

The original name of the ship is a reference to its reputation earned from decades of successfully capturing fugitives,’ according to the Star Wars official website. 

The new name adheres closely to the ship’s actual make and model, which is a Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft.

The company announced it had fired the conservative actress over an Instagram post that likened the murder of Jews during the Holocaust to the current U.S. political climate. Lucasfilm called the post ‘abhorrent and unacceptable’. 

Disney CEO Bob Chapek later said that Carano was fired for ‘breaching values that are universal’ to the company. 

In War of the Bounty Hunters, Boba Fett travels to Jabba the Hutt’s palace to deliver the infamously frozen body of Han Solo.  

The issue featuring Boba Fett and Firespray is slated to be released in September. The name could also be reflected in the upcoming Disney+ spinoff The Book of Boba Fett, which is scheduled for December.  

The ship was known as Slave I, according to the official Star Wars website, because it ‘has a reputation earned from decades of successfully capturing fugitives.’ The site has not yet reflected the name change. 

Within the Star Wars universe, the new name carries reference to the ship’s official model classification as a Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft.

The first indication of the change came from a Star Wars LEGO release, which merely referred to the ship as ‘Boba Fett’s Starship,’ not making use of either the old or new name.    

The company has yet to comment on or officially confirm the name change of the ship.  

Actress and former MMA star Gina Carano was fired from The Mandelorian in February over an Instagram post that likened the murder of Jews during the Holocaust to the current U.S. political climate

Disney World slaps warnings on its classic movies  

Peter Pan (1953): Viewers are warned that Native American Indians are referred to as ‘redskins’ and that dancing in native American headdresses is a ‘form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples’ culture and imagery’.

Disney also takes issue with the reference to the ‘unintelligible language’ in which the ‘redskins’ speak.

The original also had a song entitled What Makes The Red Man Red, although this was later restyled What Makes The Brave Man Brave.   

The Aristocats (1970): A warning highlights a scene where one of the cats chants stereotypical Chinese ‘words’ in an accent while playing piano with a pair of chopsticks.

The cat in question, Shun Gon, is also voiced by a white actor, Paul Winchell.

Jungle Book (1967): Film highlighted for its perceived use of negative racial stereotypes. 

The character of King Louie, an ape, has been accused of perpetuating a racist stereotype as African-Americans.

Lady and the Tramp (1955): Movie placed on list due to its perceived stereotyping of Asians courtesy of Siamese cats Si and Am.

Similarly, during a scene at a dog pound the canines from around the world all portray stereotypes from the countries their breeds originate. 

For example, Boris the Russian Borzoi speaks in a thick Eastern European accent, while Pedro the Mexican Chihuahua talks in central American tones. 

Dumbo (1941): It comes under fire for its references to racist segregationist laws in the deep south, as well as its use of affected African-American voices. 

The lead crow in the film is also called Jim Crow – a reference to the segregation laws in late 19th and early 20th Century America. 

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