The 'Star Wars' Facebook page replied obviously and correctly to a sexist comment.

Meet Captain Phasma. She's a character in the new "Star Wars" movie.

And that's ... basically all we know about her.

Most details about her remain top secret, so much so that "Star Wars" HQ has only revealed two pretty obvious things: She's a high-ranking stormtrooper, and she's played by Gwendoline Christie, aka Brienne of Tarth from "Game of Thrones."


I think she's ready. Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images.

Despite knowing next to nothing about who she is, what she does, or what role she plays in the story, some fans have very ... strong opinions about the way she looks.

Specifically about her armor.


Shiny and chrome. Photo via Mike DeLeon/Twitter.

Which, historically speaking, on female characters, has tended to look more like ... this.

Yeah, maybe it protects your chest, neck, and face, but how much gam does it show? Photo by JD Hancock/Flickr.

Or even, somehow, this.

"Can you go in the hot tub with your armor on? Let's focus on what's really important here, people." Photo via Pixabay.

For reference, this is real armor.

The better to protect your torso from blows from the GIANT SWORDS you're sparring with. Photo by Lowell Silverman/Wikimedia Commons.

Unsurprisingly, actual experts (yes, really) have convincingly argued that were you to wear the kind of armor typically drawn onto female action heroes to a real sword/axe/gun/laser fight, you would be very quickly dead.

Thankfully, "Star Wars" was having none of it. None. At. All.

Here's how they replied to one whiny commenter, and, in 11 words, completely ended the ridiculous debate.


Let's blow that up, for those of you in the cheap seats.

Screenshot via Man vs. Pink/Twitter, artwork by Seth Groves/Instagram.

Ordinarily I would try to say something clever here, but no "May the Force be with you" quip does the awesomeness of this comeback justice. It's perfect.

Female warriors wouldn't wear special, form-fitting costumes that only exist to be ogled. They would wear what would best help them win in a fight.

Thank you, Official "Star Wars" Facebook Page, for reminding us all what's important about armor.

It doesn't matter how good it looks at a pool party. Man or woman, it just needs to keep you the hell alive.

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Meanwhile, outbreaks across South America, Africa, and Asia continued, as the highly contagious virus continued to kill three out of every 10 people who caught it, while leaving many survivors disfigured. It took a renewed commitment of resources from wealthy nations to fulfill the promise made in 1959.

Forty-one years later, although we face a different virus, the potential for vast destruction is just as great, and the challenges of funding, personnel and supply are still with us, along with last-mile distribution. Today, while 30% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, with numbers rising every day, there is an overwhelming gap between wealthy countries and the rest of the world. It's becoming evident that the impact on the countries getting left behind will eventually boomerang back to affect us all.

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"As we enter into our second year of living with COVID-19, it has become painfully clear that the safety of any person depends on the global community's ability to protect every person," says Michelle Nunn, CARE USA's president and CEO. "While wealthy nations have begun inoculating their populations, new devastatingly lethal variants of the virus continue to emerge in countries like India, South Africa and Brazil. If vaccinations don't effectively reach lower-income countries now, the long-term impact of COVID-19 will be catastrophic."

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Researchers at the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a not-for-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to disrupting online hate and misinformation, and the group Anti-Vax Watch performed an analysis of social media posts that included false claims about the COVID-19 vaccines between February 1 and March 16, 2021. Of the disinformation content posted or shared more than 800,000 times, nearly two-thirds could be traced back to just 12 individuals. On Facebook alone, 73% of the false vaccine claims originated from those 12 people.

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The global eradication of smallpox in 1980 is one of international public health's greatest successes. But in 1966, seven years after the World Health Organization announced a plan to rid the world of the disease, smallpox was still widespread. The culprits? A lack of funds, personnel and vaccine supply.

Meanwhile, outbreaks across South America, Africa, and Asia continued, as the highly contagious virus continued to kill three out of every 10 people who caught it, while leaving many survivors disfigured. It took a renewed commitment of resources from wealthy nations to fulfill the promise made in 1959.

Forty-one years later, although we face a different virus, the potential for vast destruction is just as great, and the challenges of funding, personnel and supply are still with us, along with last-mile distribution. Today, while 30% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, with numbers rising every day, there is an overwhelming gap between wealthy countries and the rest of the world. It's becoming evident that the impact on the countries getting left behind will eventually boomerang back to affect us all.

Photo by ismail mohamed - SoviLe on Unsplash

The international nonprofit CARE recently released a policy paper that lays out the case for U.S. investment in a worldwide vaccination campaign. Founded 75 years ago, CARE works in over 100 countries and reaches more than 90 million people around the world through multiple humanitarian aid programs. Of note is the organization's worldwide reputation for its unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people; they're known for working hand-in-hand with communities and hold themselves to a high standard of accountability.

"As we enter into our second year of living with COVID-19, it has become painfully clear that the safety of any person depends on the global community's ability to protect every person," says Michelle Nunn, CARE USA's president and CEO. "While wealthy nations have begun inoculating their populations, new devastatingly lethal variants of the virus continue to emerge in countries like India, South Africa and Brazil. If vaccinations don't effectively reach lower-income countries now, the long-term impact of COVID-19 will be catastrophic."

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