To update an old saying: Hell hath no fury like a “Star Wars” fan scorned.
As if to test that theory, a commenter on the “Star Wars” Facebook account recently posted a message that began with “Not to be sexist …” tempting fate by not only making a sexist statement, but doing it in a venue filled with passionate fans quick to rebuke those who would comment on the “galaxy far, far away” without knowing what they’re talking about.
In this instance, however, the most notable aspect of the story might be that it was the manager of the “Star Wars” page who laid the smack down.
The drama began when the Facebook account posted art involving Captain Phasma, the character who will be played by Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”) in the eagerly-anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Although the concept art was impressively done, a commenter said: “Not to be sexist but it’s really hard to tell that’s female armor for me.”
Almost immediately, the overseer of the page responded: “It’s armor. On a woman. It doesn’t have to look feminine.”
While it’s a bit unclear what the commenter would’ve liked to have seen, every genre fans knows that there have been plenty of years filled with demeaning bikini costumes and boob-augmenting armor on women in sci-fi. If anything, a non-gender-specific suit of armor on a female character seems downright original in a series like “Star Wars.”
Rightfully so, the Internet has come down hard on the story. “The world doesn’t need more boob armor. “This isn’t Rat Queens,” says Jessica Lachenal at The Mary Sue, invoking the name of the comic book fantasy series that frequently depicts its female characters in skimpy outfits. “I don’t think ‘the power of the exposed uterus’ can repel firepower of that magnitude.”
“Cheers to you, anonymous social media manager,” she adds.