Star Wars’ Social Media Team Harnesses The Force To Fight Idiots
Got something dumb to say about Gwendoline Christie’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens character? Save it for your next MRA potluck because the social media team behind the film’s Facebook page has zero interest in sexist comments.
Promoting their awesome Art Awakens fan art competition, the team shared a hand-drawn work that featured Christie’s silver-armoured warrior character, Captain Phasma. (Who, in all likelihood, works for the bad guys—though we’re going to have a really hard time not rooting for her since Christie’s Brienne of Tarth is by far the best character on Game of Thrones). The A+ drawing by artist Seth Groves drew a lot of praise from art-appreciating Star Wars fans… plus one totally boneheaded comment from a dude who shall remain nameless.
“Not to be sexist but it’s really hard to tell that’s female armor for me,” wrote the commenter. (Pro tip: if you start a sentence with the words “not to be sexist” be aware that you’re about to say something really, really sexist—and prepare for a serious smack down.)
Happily, the Star Wars Facebook team delivered swift justice and Jedi-like wisdom: “It’s armor. On a woman. It doesn’t have to look feminine,” was their wry retort.
We can’t prove it, but we’d wager that someone cried some very bitter tears into their Ewok pillowcase that night.
As for this concept of “female armour, we’re still waiting for someone to explain to us what that even is. Is it heart-printed? Are there pink ribbons woven across the breast plate? Does is exude the pleasant smell of freshly baked muffins or come with a detachable baby on board decal?
Whatever the case, let’s all send psychic high-fives to the person who wrote that response. A kick-ass female character in full body armour is exactly what we want to see on screen when the film comes out this winter—it beats a string bikini, a maid’s uniform, or a sexy cat costume any day of the week.