A "Star Wars" parody is not unusual. However, what is unusual is the theme of the new parody – Street harassment.
Last month, a video was released by an anti-street harassment organization named Hollaback! The hidden camera video had recorded what all a woman faces on the streets of New York City. The woman was catcalled 108 times in her 10-hour walk on the streets.
The video went viral, and was shared thousands of times across the world. It also attracted criticism and people questioned the fact that no white men were shown in the video and it could be termed as racist.
This inspired Josh Apter and Gary Mahmoud of the comedy group "Are We There Yet" to create a new parody that shows what Star Wars' Princess Leia faces while walking the streets of Manhattan, The Telegraph reports. The video, "10 hours of Princess Leia Walking in NYC", shows Michele McNally, playing Princess Leia, wearing her patent white dress and her hair in buns, silently walking, Cnet reports.
The video records the princess being eve-teased by a number of Star Wars characters, including The Emperor, Yoda, Han Solo, and two other character - her own brother Luke Skywalker and father Darth Vader, which was slightly disturbing . Below is the video of Princess Leia being harassed:
Just like in the video made by the anti-street harassment organization, the faces of the characters were blurred. The characters used lines from the original "Star Wars" series, giving a new meaning to them. Yoda's "Judge me by my size, do you?" makes you wonder the potential of the statement.
Even Han Solo's, "Hey, your worship, I'm only trying to help," sounds different when said on the street.
Indiana Jones makes a brief appearance, just to shout: "Wrong movie!"
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the video is trying to show diversity that the original video lacked. The parody aims to show that not only men of different races catcall women, but also men of different species tend to do so.