I just read this article about little Katie being bullied by her classmates for carrying a Star Wars water bottle to school. She's only in the first grade.
This, my friends, cannot stand.
Katie's mom has asked for fellow females who love Star Wars to leave a comment showing Katie she's not alone, that lots of girls love Star Wars, and, dang it, that it's not just "Ok" to be different - sometimes it's BETTER.
Ok, maybe I'm paraphrasing a little there, but you get the idea.
Please go leave a comment for Katie, and spread the word. There are only 18 comments as of this writing. Let's put a few zeroes behind that number.
[UPDATE: Just realized you can't leave a comment on the article without creating an account. Grr. Ok, new plan: leave your comment here, and I will make sure Katie's mom gets the link so she can read them all. Thanks, guys.]
And Katie, my little Star Wars sister? I think I speak for every Epbot reader here when I say: Don't let the scruffy nerf herders get you down. You rock that water bottle with pride, and know that there are thousands of other fans out there (myself included) who would be proud to share a lunch table with you.
Oh, and may the Force be with you.
(Also, a big thanks to Michele for pointing me to this article.)
11/19 UPDATE: WOW. Since I published this post last night it has taken the web by storm; I've watched it go viral on Twitter and Facebook, and seen post after post on other great blogs pop up - including the official Star Wars blog! I'm thrilled both for Katie and for geek girls everywhere to see such an outpouring of support, and I can't tell you how proud I am that you Epbot readers were the first wave of fans to get her story out there. Thank you.
Happily Trisha over at Geeking Out About... managed to get a hold of Katie's mom, Carrie Goldman, last night for an update. In addition to Cat Taber's lovely comment and offer of gifts on this post, Katie has received an invitation to a Clone Wars premier by Tom Kane, the voice of Yoda, and a special art card by Scott Zirkel of herself holding a light saber. Apparently they've also been inundated with offers of Star Wars toys and merchandise, which Goldman has asked that we instead donate to shelters and hospitals in Katie's honor for the holidays. (Read more at Trisha's article here.)
According to Carrie's update on the original article, Katie is overjoyed with all the comments, and her folks plan to print them all out in a big book for Katie "to read whenever she feels the need." Which is just the awesomest thing ever.
You know that's not the end of the story, though, right? Katie and her water bottle have unleashed a powerful force [smirk] for good. Let's use it. Let's keep it going. Let's make "Katie's water bottle" our battle cry against bullying. Find the "Katie" in your life, so that you can lavish all the support and love (and yes, geeky toys!) on him or her that s/he needs. And be proud of who you are, so you can lead by example!
And most importantly:
Have a great Friday, my friends. :)
Addendum: If you're looking to contact Carrie or Katie directly, please know that I'm just a blogger who thought their story deserved more attention; other than a few e-mails, I don't have any direct line or relationship with their family. I'd suggest leaving your requests either on Carrie's follow-up post or contacting her through ChicagoNow.com. Thanks!