Its Cool To Like Star Wars

Today is “Proud to be Me Day”

No one should ever be made fun of for being passionate about something, especially something nerdy.

We are fortunate to be surrounded by a group of friends that share our interests. Our celebrated nerd-ery powers this site, podcast, and so many others like it. Our love for table top games, movies, comics, and everything in-between is why we end up waiting in line at a midnight release, having parties themed around video games, and spend our free time writing extensive backstories for our D&D characters. Gals or guys, everyone is accepted here. We are nerds, geeks; our passion for these things surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.

By now you may already know the story of 7-year-old Katie Goldman who was made fun of by the boys in her school for having a Star Wars watter bottle. They told Katie that Star Wars was for boys only. Her mother discovered this after her daughter asked if she could bring a different water bottle to school instead. An excited Katie chose the Star Wars bottle at the beginning of the school year, because it matched her backpack (right on!). Now, she was feeling ashamed of her nerdier side. Katie already felt different enough: She was adopted, wears a patch and glasses. She is also learning Spanish, and plays an instrument. Katie was being bullied.

Carrie, Katie’s mother, took to the blogosphere to share her story. You can find the original post here. Katie has since been met by an outpouring of support from numerous parents, bloggers, and celebrities. The voice actors from Star Wars: The Clone Wars have reached out to Katie, including Catherine Taber, Tom Kane, and Ashley Eckstein. ThinkGeek sent Katie a lightsaber. Katie’s parents are having all of the comments left on the blog bound into a book for her, to read and be reminded that she is not alone.

A lot of attention has been given to bullying in schools this year, but the girl-nerd aspect of this brings it a little closer to home in our social circle. Today, December 10, 2010, is “Proud to be me” day at Katie’s school. Kids are encouraged to wear or bring something that expresses their interests. Show your solidarity for Katie, nerds (boys or girls), and individualism everywhere by wearing something nerdy. Katie Goldman is Nerd Appropriate.

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Scott

Hi, I’m one of the founders of Nerd Appropriate and the Rated NA podcast. I like good and bad sci-fi films and tv, pho, and the retrofuture. I am primarily an Xbox gamer, but also do some PC and Wii U gaming as well. By day, I am a research scientist, mostly in topics related to human-computer interaction and user experience. Before all this, fellow NA co-founder Matt and I played music together in various bands. I also used to make "comedy" videos for my high school morning news program before there was a place to post them online. Favorite Star Wars character? Admiral Ackbar. Best Bond era? Timothy Dalton (Craig a close second). Game of all time? Maybe System Shock 2. Thanks for being a part of this labor of nerdy love with us.
  • Great post.

  • matt

    Please share this one, it’s such a great message!

  • I’m going to carry my lightsaber around as much as possible today.

  • Ash

    This is such a great article. I stumbled across this story when Felicia Day posted something about it. Sadly this sort of bullying goes on each and every day. Let’s help end it.

  • Hey, America. Stop thinking being intelligent is uncool.

  • Joe

    This is awesome! Simply great stuff…

  • Great post…. Katie’s story should be required reading in schools!