It appears that Target may have given in to the Dark Side. Well, at least according to Jedi Master Star Wars fans, who are striking back against the retail giant for questionably editing a pivotal scene from the film franchise on a kids t-shirt.
The $4.50 clearance shirt appears to be inspired by a scene (embedded below) from the 1977 movie Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, in which Darth Vader and Princess Leia come face to face. However, instead of Princess Leia, the image was edited to show Luke Skywalker in her place, ultimately leaving some fans and customers scratching their heads and even accusing the retailer of sexism. But clearly, this must be the work of The Sith.
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One outraged customer left a review for the t-shirt titled "BOO! HISS!" saying, "The only part of this scene that you got right, was Darth Vader. Where's Princess Leia? LUKE WASN'T EVEN IN THIS SCENE AAAAGGGGHHHHH." Another reviewer claimed to be "[d]isappointed that the marketing people thought this was a good idea to remove Leia from the scene in favor of Luke."
In response to the complaints, a Target spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that it did not design the t-shirt, but the company will listen to fans and remove the product from its shelves. So, everyone can just calm down, switch off their lightsabers, and go back to counting down the days till The Force Awakens.
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