The Jedi master shared his wisdom about The Force, advocating that its powers don't discriminate regardless of gender.
On and off screen, Mark Hamill truly embodies the spirit of Luke. He often intimidates the dark forces on social media and comes to the aid of those in need of some light and guidance.
So, when a mother expressed her concern over her 7-year-old daughter being teased for liking "boys stuff," Hamill espoused his Jedi knowledge to comfort her.
@NJSimmondsTPK is a young adult author and the mother of a huge Star Wars fan. On Tuesday, she tweeted out a distress call about her inconsolable little girl, writing:
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. Please RT and comment so I can show her how awesome girl #StarWars fans are.
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 s… https://t.co/GXD8oWl8xQ— N.J.Simmonds (@N.J.Simmonds) 1520364827.0
Not sure who from the legion of Star Wars fans would respond, she pleaded, "Can you help @starwars @StarWarsUK @StarWarsFanGirl @StarWarsFanbase."
Support came from all corners of the galaxy over the petty gender divide with empowering comments like, "Tell her we are moving away from gender stereotypes!" and "Because of Princess Leia I work at NASA now. Star Wars is awesome!"
But she did not expect to receive a response from the real Jedi guru. He basically encouraged the young girl to brush off her oppressors with a simple, non-violent gesture.
@NJSimmondsTPK Just tell her to feel free to use this gesture if her classmates give her any grief. "Boy stuff"? PL… https://t.co/xeKWJm8r2y— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill) 1520483724.0
And people were stoked at Hamill's brilliant response.
@HamillHimself @NJSimmondsTPK Dude holy crap. You are a legend to many. And this a great way to handle it. Very cool— Jack Barakat (@Jack Barakat) 1520494365.0
@HamillHimself @NJSimmondsTPK @HamillHimself you are one of the best things about twitter, and your post to this mo… https://t.co/f2scUAgXIK— Bryce Lynch (@Bryce Lynch) 1520493467.0
@HamillHimself @tarastrong @NJSimmondsTPK You are the best Sir.I grew up with Luke being the greatest thing my VCR… https://t.co/51Aoby4bgb— WhomTheAntTolls🐜#6783 (@WhomTheAntTolls🐜#6783) 1520527897.0
@HamillHimself @NJSimmondsTPK You, Sir, are a class act...always were, always will be.🙏— Amar Sheth (@Amar Sheth) 1520524238.0
Others were quick to point out the strong female characters who helped shape the galaxy.
@HamillHimself @NJSimmondsTPK Remember, a Princess was once one of the Greatest Leaders and Generals for the Rebell… https://t.co/pKbEm3wHfV— Andrew Fafoutakis (@Andrew Fafoutakis) 1520485297.0
One user reminded Simmonds that Star Wars was never just a male-dominated universe.
"Star Wars has their very own Princess and it's the best thing ever. Good fights evil. It's not just a guy thing. In fact, it's never been a guy thing."
@HamillHimself @NJSimmondsTPK Star Wars has their very own Princess and it's the best thing ever. Good fights evil.… https://t.co/nxsga3CZA1— Crisandra Farris🦋 (@Crisandra Farris🦋) 1520516717.0
Remember the one who gave us the Skywalker siblings?
@Crisstar52 @HamillHimself @NJSimmondsTPK Don’t forget her queen/Senator/handmaiden Mother! https://t.co/ADbJBA2Zmv— Someone Someguy (@Someone Someguy) 1520520830.0
Gone but never forgotten: the ultimate princess to rule them all.
@HamillHimself @NJSimmondsTPK You are truly a hero to many! ❤❤❤❤ https://t.co/gr6W9LzlS7— Missy AKAbestPMeva😇 (@Missy AKAbestPMeva😇) 1520517058.0
Simmonds explained her family comes from a lineage of strong women. "I want to add that this is a very strong female household," she added in a followup tweet. "My girls are the daughters of only daughters of only daughters. Big girl power family."
I want to add that this is a very strong female household. My girls are the daughters of only daughters of only dau… https://t.co/GJ6V8c5YwF— N.J.Simmonds (@N.J.Simmonds) 1520407926.0
Other girls began sharing their love for the franchise to let her know she's not alone.
@NJSimmondsTPK Please show her my (now) 8YO. The Force will be with your girl. Always. https://t.co/l3E0I0uxDM— The Comic-Con Don will see you at @EagleConLA (@The Comic-Con Don will see you at @EagleConLA) 1520433370.0
@NJSimmondsTPK This so my daughter she loves Star Wars. Tell her to be proud of what she likes. Just be her. https://t.co/QNGp6AXIka— Pshnupdazies (@Pshnupdazies) 1520417111.0
@NJSimmondsTPK This thread was so precious and I definitely didn’t get every important voice, but hopefully this sn… https://t.co/utZJgyBp81— 🌈🤷🏼♀️👩🏼🎤Sailor Wendy Lady🧟♀️☕️🌮 (@🌈🤷🏼♀️👩🏼🎤Sailor Wendy Lady🧟♀️☕️🌮) 1520407515.0
@HamillHimself @NJSimmondsTPK Don't tell this one it isn't for girls. =) https://t.co/t2jIz92QEz— Michael Reynolds (@Michael Reynolds) 1520524567.0
@HamillHimself @NJSimmondsTPK My daughter doing her favorite photoshoot ever. The Force belongs to everyone regardl… https://t.co/1nxbFslGvc— Keith (@Keith) 1520528125.0
@HamillHimself @NJSimmondsTPK Here’s my granddaughters on their Star Wars gear - the younger one spends most of her… https://t.co/4ehEco4aoP— Judith hewitt (@Judith hewitt) 1520496465.0
All the kind words helped her little girl proudly don her Star Wars tee without shame.
She went to school smiling because of all your kind words. Her friends loved her t-shirt (of course they did). She'… https://t.co/laDZ44oVOK— N.J.Simmonds (@N.J.Simmonds) 1520424916.0
Star Wars fans have got to be some of the coolest group of people out there. Anyone stating otherwise is just bantha fodder.
Of course she was strong anyway, she didn't need Twitter to tell her that, but this outpouring of love showed us al… https://t.co/ANfGUCyt0D— N.J.Simmonds (@N.J.Simmonds) 1520494693.0
I'm completely overwhelmed by all the love and support from you amazing SW fans. My daughter is totally cool now an… https://t.co/iB7POJDGOc— N.J.Simmonds (@N.J.Simmonds) 1520490917.0
Turns out there was nothing to fear. Simmonds was happy to report that "My little girl went to school proudly wearing her t-shirt and came home beaming because, of course, no one said anything bad. How could they? These girls are powerful!"
Thanks, Mark Hamill!
@HamillHimself @NJSimmondsTPK shake it off! https://t.co/r52FI2RppA— Jay Dee ✌ (@Jay Dee ✌) 1520491578.0