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Daisy Ridley had the perfect response to Ted Cruz's tweet about her 'Star Wars' character

"I am very happy to be an emotionally tortured Jedi, who doesn't leave their state when it's having a terrible time."

Daisy Ridley had the perfect response to Ted Cruz's tweet about her 'Star Wars' character

Daisy Ridley attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 After Party at The Grosvenor House Hotel on February 02, 2020 in London, England.

(Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz really isn't in the position to be hurling insults at anyone. Especially after he fled to Cancun, Mexico while his state grappled with a widespread snowstorm, that resulted in 70 deaths, and almost 3 million homes and businesses without power or heat. But alas, that is exactly what Cruz is doing.

On Feb. 11, Cruz defended The Mandalorian co-star Gina Carano, who is from Dallas, Texas, and was fired from the Star Wars spinoff over several offensive social media posts. In doing so, Cruz took additional aim at other female characters from the franchise - including Daisy Ridley.

"Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi," wrote Cruz. "She played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course Disney canceled her."

Because comparing conservatives to being a Jewish person during the Holocaust equates to breaking barriers, right?

For those who are fans of the Star Wars franchise, understand the "emotionally tortured Jedi" portion of Cruz's tweet was in reference to Ridley's character Rey, who was orphaned after the murder of her parents during the latest Star Wars trilogy. The "princess" and "victim" part could be a jab Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia Organa and Natalie Portman's Padmé Amidala.

If you couldn't already tell, I'm a proud Star Wars fan.

On Tuesday, when Ridley sat down with Yahoo! Entertainment to promote her new sci-fi thriller Chaos Walking, she was asked about Cruz's comments, and responded like the badass heroine she plays on screen.

"I did not know, and I am very happy to be an emotionally tortured Jedi," Ridley said, "who doesn't leave their state when it's having a terrible time."


Wouldn't be the first time Cruz made himself look stupid. It's kind of his forte at this point. Let the senator's error be an example to future politicians who think it's acceptable to mess with a powerful female Jedi.

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