Lovecraft and Slave Leia Dumped

Photo of Slave Leia Flash Drive

The World Fantasy Awards are no longer going to use H. P. Lovecraft as their figurehead.

The World Fantasy award trophy will no longer be modelled on HP Lovecraft, it has been announced, following a campaign last year that called the author out as an “avowed racist” with “hideous opinions”.

People more familiar with his personal writings say that Lovecraft’s views went beyond 1920s endemic racism to WTFery. A replacement hasn’t been announced, but my fannish opinion is that Fantasy is one of those places where you don’t want an author’s head.

Meanwhile, a rumor has been going around that Disney is considering dumping Slave Leia as a marketing image. This won’t affect Rule 34 or cosplay, but it might mean fewer car decals, dog costumes, or novelty aprons.

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