Even Daisy Ridley is now being "body shamed." Sigh. The "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" star isn't backing down, though, after what sounds like two rounds of attacks in the past week.
In a new Instagram note, Ridley references receiving "misogynistic comments" on her #IWD (International Women's Day) post, and then someone created a meme mocking Rey's slender body type. Ridley had posted a screengrab of the meme, but deleted it when the original poster started getting attacked.
But Entertainment Tonight saved the original image, and here it is (with the sender's address blocked):
That was a great defense there, about "real women" being all shapes and sizes, but she removed the post in light of the attacks, and replaced it with a beautiful, empowering note defending Rey, herself, and everyone who gets criticized like this. In part, she writes, "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."
Here's the full post:
It's always heartening to see people of influence promoting kindness, and it's good that Ridley emphasized that she didn't want her supporters to jump at that "hater." Sometimes, celebs just unleash their fans on any critics, which isn't healthy either. But you also have to wonder if it's feeding the trolls to focus so much on negative responses -- some people just enjoy being contrary, and feed on the attention. Maybe it's better to start singling out the many more positive replies?
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