Mark Hamill really is a hero! He took to Twitter to give his view on the whole Star Wars gender debate.
When the first Star Wars movie blew people’s minds in 1977, no one could have predicted the scope the film and following additions would have on the world’s female populace. It’s now the 21st Century and there are so-called male fans who think the franchise should be reserved to the male population only and it’s taken all-around good guy (yes, I’m quoting George of the Jungle), Mark Hamill to set the record straight.
The actor has taken to Twitter to address a tweet from a mother who tagged him in a post. The woman shared a photo of a pair of Darth Vader shoes that her daughter wore to school only for her little girl to be told at by a male classmate that Star Wars was for boys only.
Hamill, being the good sport that he is, added his own opinion stating:
"I think Luke & Han are lucky Leia took over their “rescue” on the Death Star or it would’ve been a very short movie."
I think he is 100 percent correct. A New Hope would be very short if Leia hadn’t saved Luke, Han and Chewie’s hides when she had. Also, where do 5-year-old boys get the sexist idea that an originally male-oriented franchise is for males only? Hmmm… we can only guess their same gendered role models.
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The lady who tweeted the image originally was surprised that she got a response back. According to The Irish News, the mother said:
"That tweet is from a year ago, however it is not the first time he has replied. He has also posted it on other social media outlets. I am always surprised when he replies!"
She also added:
"But it put a smile on my daughter’s face. She was in awe that a Jedi master weighed in on the matter.She was ecstatic and her joy was palpable. It was wonderful."
Overall, Hamill’s retweet has been overwhelmingly positive with people agreeing that what the boy said wasn’t right. It goes to show that the actor is with the times and agrees that the franchise that made him a star is for EVERYONE!
Mentioning that Leia had to rescue Luke and Han highlights that women are just as strong as men and shouldn’t be seen as the stereotypical damsel in distress and shows that the beloved Princess of Alderaan is just as much an icon as the male characters.
Leia was just the beginning of all the strong female characters that have entered the Star Wars universe over the years. One of those women is Leia’s biological mother, Padmé Amidala who wasn’t afraid to pick up a blaster and stand her ground. There’s no wondering why Leia was so independent and fierce. She inherited everything from Padmé and maybe a few tiny things from Anakin.
With all that being said, parents and caregivers need to be aware of how they raise their children. No boy should disrespect a girl and vice versa. Saying to a girl that their favourite franchise is for males only is just the beginning of toxic masculinity.
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