Trilby Beresford
October 28, 2016 10:42 am
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Even though most people were enamored with Daisy Ridley’s character Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there were some who seemed to have an inexplicably aggressive dislike for her.

According to Vulture, Ridley responded to criticisms about Rey — specifically that she was a ‘Mary Sue’ — which refers to a character who’s unrealistically perfect (and in this case, presumably too skilled with the Force). Given everything we know about Ridley, it’s no surprise that she approached this topic gracefully and with a lot of tact (like the time she opened up about endometriosis). Defending her characters is probably not a perk of being an actress, but she’s taking it in stride!

On MTV News Happy Sad Confused podcast, Ridley explained her perspective on Rey.

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She added that she was “confused” by the accusations, and felt particularly strongly about the label people were using.

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It’s great to see Daisy Ridley fighting for her character, because this debate brings up the larger issues of sexism and this old-time-y belief that women shouldn’t be strong, athletic and powerful figures — which is obviously ridiculous.

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Women are all of those badass things and more — in fiction and in real life!

Good for you, Daisy. Keep rising above all this drama.

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