Daisy Ridley, also known as the beloved "Rey" in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, posted an open letter to her critics on Instagram on Thursday, effectively shame-shaming Internet trolls who body-shame women online.
The text of the open letter reads:
What’s weird is most of the time I see gorgeous messages from people around the world. People who relate to something in Rey they haven’t found in a female character before. People who’s daughters now think they can do things without the aid of a man, but who wouldn’t be ashamed to ask for help. People who loved that The Force Awakens has multiple incredible female characters. It is much more hurtful to continue to slate other women than BE a woman, BE a character, BE whoever you want to be. I’m just a normal girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, just like Rey. I will not apologise for how I look, what I say and how I live my life cause what’s happening inside is much more important anyway and I am striving to be the best version of myself, even if I stumble along the way. It seems apt I get tagged in this a day after I received misogynistic comments on my #IWD post. For all of you who celebrate each other, celebrate the ones you love, love yourselves, work hard, are kind, thank you for your continued support and the social media love. For anyone who has a problem with ANYONE in life, be them someone you know or someone you don’t, remember that expression: if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Kindness isn’t going to cure the world of all its awfulness but it’s a good place to begin.
The #IWD (International Women's Day) post Ridley mentioned in that open letter is a meme she instagrammed on March 8.
The image showed Ridley as Rey, with a cartoon speech bubble stating: “I can’t believe the unrealistic expectations I’m setting for young girls. Who cast me anyway? Don’t they know real women have curves?” Underneath it, Ridley responded: "'Real women' are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave, have families, don't have families. I am a 'real woman' like every other woman in this world."
Ridley ended up deleting that post, because she'd accidentally included the name of the person who first posted the meme. The caption for her open letter post refers to that error.
And really, enough with the shaming, already. People look how they look, and it's no one else's business or concern. There's no need to hot-shame John Boyega or fur-shame Chewbacca or round-shame BB8.
Still okay to awful-shame Jar Jar Binks, though, because come on.