Everyone is aware that Mark Hamill is wonderful, yes? He got slightly left out of the original Star Wars fangirling because Harrison Ford was so charismatic and Carrie Fisher was so… well. So Carrie Fisher. But Mark Hamill has spent almost 40 years being brilliant, whether that’s by making Adam Scott’s life by surprising him on Jimmy Kimmel or giving interviews where he talks about snogging Carrie Fisher while filming A New Hope, and saying, “We kind of became aware of what we were doing and just burst out laughing. Which was unfortunate for me because the rocket launch sequence had been initiated.”
But he’s also quietly, consistently, been wonderful to his fans. He has been signing autographs, posing for photos, visiting children in hospital and generally having a deep understanding of and respect for the impact that Star Wars has on the lives of its fans. And even though Luke Skywalker has now left the series, Mark Hamill shows no sign of leaving his fans behind, as his response to one seven-year-old girl shows.
N.J. Simmonds tweeted:
“My 7 year old daughter's crying in bed right now because she wants to wear her Star Wars T-shirt to school but is scared her classmates will laugh because she likes 'boy stuff'. I'm so sad/angry for her.” When Hamill saw the tweet – I imagine because it was tweeted at him, but I’d like to think he sensed a disturbance in the Force – he acted in the only way fitting for a Jedi Knight of his calibre: by giving her some kind but fierce advice.
"Just tell her to feel free to use this gesture if her classmates give her any grief. 'Boy stuff'? PLEASE! The Force is, & always will be strong with females here on Earth & in galaxies far, far away. - mh”
This isn’t the first time Mark Hamill has supported women in their love of Star Wars. A few years ago, he told a woman who wanted to cosplay as Luke that 'gender matters not'
This isn’t the first time Mark Hamill has supported women in their love of Star Wars. A few years ago, he told a woman who wanted to cosplay as Luke that “gender matters not when you're rocking the Force like you are, baby!”, and recently told fans using Princess Leia-inspired signs in protests that Carrie Fisher would be proud of them. He even used the conversation around his tweet to this little girl to remind everyone that Leia was a badass character, and about as far away from a “damsel in distress” as you could hope to be.
And then, as if he hadn’t done enough this week, he used the fact he finally got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday to take a shot at Donald Trump, aka the Emperor Palpatine of 2018 – something he does frequently and gleefully. Truly, he is the Jedi Master we need today, and I am only too happy to be his Padawan.
And the little girl? Her mum said “Thanks everyone. She's now talking about wearing it with pride alongside her unicorn trousers because she can see there are plenty of other Star Wars girls out there.”
As Hamill said, gender matters not when you’re rocking the Force – and with the Force of Star Wars fans worldwide behind you, we should all feel comfortable in being exactly who we want to be.