About two days ago, A user on Instagram posted an in-character image of Ridley alongside a thought bubble that read, “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?” and tagged the image to Daisy Ridley, the young woman who played “Rey” in the new star wars movie. Seen below:
The Star wars star seemed to take offense and replied:
“”‘Real women’ are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave, have families, don’t have families,” she wrote in a post to her own Instagram account. “I am a ‘real woman’ like every other woman in this world.””
The reply led to Daisy’s 1.4 million Instagram followers mass harassing the girl who posted the image until she was forced to remove the image and delete her account. Daisy herself removed her reply and explained that she didn’t mean for that “poor person” to be harassed.
She soon followed up by posting this picture:
Moments later, she followed up with this picture, captioned “Guys it was not my intention for anyone to send messages to that poor person that posted the original picture. My whole post is about being kind to each other, so please refrain!”:
Some internet users, not satisfied with daisy’s finals words, decided to investigate matters further, with one person theorizing that the girl who posted the original image was “mentally ill”
“YES, THE GIRL IS MENTALLY DISABLED; THAT WASN’T SOMETHING THAT WAS MADE UP. I’M NOT GOING TO POST THE GIRL’S NAME HERE, BUT IF YOU GOOGLE HER INSTAGRAM ID YOU’LL FIND SHE WAS USING HER REAL FULL NAME. YOU CAN SEE FROM HER FACEBOOK PROFILE PICTURES HOW CHILDISH SHE LOOKS, AND ELSEWHERE IT IS MENTIONED SHE ATTENDS A SCHOOL FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN. I WOULDN’T BE SO UPSET ABOUT THIS IF THE GIRL WEREN’T SOHARMLESS AND VULNERABLE. JUST TRY TO PUT YOURSELF IN THE KID’S SHOES FOR A MOMENT. IMAGINE BEING NEGATIVELY TARGETED BY A CELEBRITY YOU IDOLISE. AND AS IF THAT WEREN’T ENOUGH, THEN TARGETED BY NEWS OUTLETS ALL OVER THE WORLD. JFC, PEOPLE!” –Darth Imbecillis
The story has already been picked up by The guardian, Vogue, The dailymail, Mashable, The Metro, and at least 409 other websites (not including this one), with most of them hailing Daisy as a strong independent woman fighting evil trolls online.
What Daisy, the girl who posted the image and all these news websites might not have realized is that, the image that cause this entire controversy was from a satirical article by I,Hypocrite, a wordpress blog dedicated to trolling feminists and Social Justice warriors. In the article Titled “Star Wars :Forced to Awaken–A Candid Review”, the writer takes the position of a feminist who has been offended by the newly released “star wars” movie due to its “unrealistic standards” for women.
The article goes on to make fun of other feminist rhetoric like the wage gap, fat acceptance and “mind rape” using scenes from the star wars movie, edited with captions portraying Rey, the character, as a feminist:
Presumably, the girl who posted the original image (who might or might not be mentally challenged), read this satirical article and thought it made some very good points. She then proceeded to confront Daisy on Instagram about the “unrealistic standards” she was setting for women around the world. Daisy took offense and decided to “correct” her, the clickbait news media picked up the story in mere minutes and before you know it, we have a real Shitstorm on our hands.
Never underestimate the power of satire to f*ck shit up.