Readers of my blog are well aware of the reasons Daisy has given in the past for leaving social media. She stated that it was nice not being on it and away from the pressure it put on her, allowing her to grow up without being on display while doing it. But then the KMT Instagram Incident was concocted, and Daisy probably thought it might be a good idea to revise those reasons that she previously gave.
So she’s been busy revising her social media history as part of the promotion for Episode IX. She’s also been making statements about free speech that waffle between libertarianism and fascism. One day she thinks one thing, the next day she thinks another.
Now Patrick Cavanaugh writes at comicbook.com about Daisy’s latest social media statements in a piece entitled, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Star Daisy Ridley Addresses the “Vicious” Social Media Fans. In it he writes:
While most fans of the series appreciated a female character taking the series’ spotlight, other fans flooded social media with hateful remarks about the character. Ridley herself ultimately deactivated her social media accounts, yet she’s still fully aware of the toxicity that runs rampant on various services. The actress recently opened up about how disheartening it is to see the hard work of everyone involved with bringing the series to life getting completely trashed on social media.
“It’s great that people are expressive of their views. But this is people’s jobs. People worked really, really hard on that thing,” Ridley admitted to Bustle. “I think there’s a way of having a discussion that isn’t so vicious.”
I agree. One “like” ought to be able to criticize movies without being called racist, sexist, and/or misogynist.
Ridley noted that social media has given users a false sense of importance, pointing out, “Because if you’ve got however many followers, and you write something that you think is, like, so deep, and a hundred people like it, it’s constant reinforcement.”
As opposed to “like” the constant reinforcement of doxxing Reylos apparently. Daisy is just so much more important than all those little people on social media without a Reylo fanbase.
While deactivating her social media accounts might have cut down on the harassment she has to endure, she revealed a recent interaction in which someone was seemingly emboldened to voice their negative opinions directly to Ridley’s face.
“I was at my friend’s birthday,” the actress detailed. “And one of her friends, who I barely know, was like, ‘Hey, really liked the first Star Wars. Didn’t really like the second one,’ and I thought, ‘That’s rude, dude! That’s my job!’”
Well, then Daisy must have been “like” super-duper offended when she mocked diminishing interest in her own job right to her own face in a video from WIRED.
Ridley is understandably defensive of her Star Wars films, yet she doesn’t feel that the films should be immune to criticism. While she doesn’t think fans should be as vicious on social media, she understands that these attitudes are sparked by how passionate fans are of the series and that their objections are fair.
How nice of Daisy to afford the little people that luxury. Like.
Originally published here.