Daisy Ridley Responds to 'Sexist' Claims That Rey Is Mary Sue in 'The Force Awakens'


Daisy Ridley Responds to 'Sexist' Claims That Rey Is Mary Sue in 'The Force Awakens'


The 24-year-old actress is 'confused' by the accusations that her character in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is a Mary Sue figure.
While most people praised Daisy Ridley for her portrayal of Rey in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", some fans labelled Rey as a "Mary Sue" figure when the movie hit theaters last year. The 24-year-old actress is "confused" by the "sexist" criticism, saying, "The Mary Sue thing in itself is sexist because it's the name of a woman."

"It wasn't true, but for the most part - when anyone is mean - it's irrational and it doesn't make sense," Ridley said in an interview on MTV News' "Happy Sad Confused" podcast. "Everyone was saying that [Luke Skywalker] had the exact same [capabilities]."

She added, "I think Rey is incredible vulnerable, and nothing she's doing is for the greater good. She's just doing what she thinks is the right thing. And she doesn't want to do some of it, but she feels compelled to do it. So for me, I was just confused."

For those who don't know about the term "Mary Sue", it's usually used to describe a female character who is too perfect and has unrealistic abilities to become a heroine. The term can be used for both genders, but it's often used to refer to female characters, which leads some to claim it's a sexist term meant to keep down capable characters.

Ridley will reprise her role in "Star Wars Episode VIII", along with co-stars John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o and Andy Serkis. The eighth "Star Wars" movie is set for a December 15, 2017 release in U.S. theaters.


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