Star Wars legend Mark Hamill is no stranger to social media. Earlier this week, he had the opportunity to respond to N.J. Simmonds, a young adult author, who said that her daughter was crying in her room because she wanted to wear a Star Wars shirt to school but feared her classmates would tease her for liking “boy stuff.”
Simmonds originally asked Twitter users to retweet the message and comment as a means of showing her 7-year-old daughter “how awesome girl Star Wars fans are.”
The tweet quickly went viral, gathering over 47,000 retweets, 104,000 likes, and a slew of comments, including one from Mark Hamill.
Hamill’s tweet read: “Just tell her to feel free to use this gesture if you 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.”
The post also included a GIF of Hamill, playing Luke Skywalker, brushing his shoulder off.
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 pic.twitter.com/lAI4AGr0sc
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 8, 2018
Hamill’s wasn’t the only noteworthy comment. Two women who worked for NASA jumped into the conversation, including one that said the character Princess Leia inspired her to select her chosen career.
Simmonds showed her appreciation for all of the support, thanking Star Wars fans for chiming in on the issue. She also added a message from her daughter.
“Thank you Luke Skywalker for your message,” adding that her daughter is “sheltered from the Internet and has no idea what she started.”
One follow up message from Simmonds said that her daughter “went to school smiling because of all your kind words,” adding that “her friends loved her t-shirt.”