Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley has issued a brilliant response to a meme criticising her “unrealistic” body.
The meme, which began circulating earlier this week, criticised Daisy’s casting in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, suggesting she set “unrealistic expectations” for young girls.
Much like her feisty character in the film, Daisy wasn’t about to take that sort of smack talk lying down.
In an Instagram post, Daisy included a screenshot of the meme and wrote: “‘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.”
Daisy removed the post after people began attacking the original poster of the meme, and issued a follow-up post urging everyone to be “kind to each other”.
“What’s weird is most of the time I see such gorgeous messages from people around the world,” she wrote.
“People who relate to something in Rey they haven’t found in a female character before. People whose 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.”
Daisy also pointed out the similarities between herself and her character in the film, before steadfastly refusing to apologise for her appearance. (And why the hell should she do that, anyway?)
“I’m 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 because 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.”
Signing off, she urged her critics to think before they speak.
“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.”
We already thought Daisy Ridley was a great actress — but now it turns out she’s a great role model, too. Bring on Episode VIII!