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Mark Hamill arrives at the premiere of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" at El Capitan Theatre on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — If you’ve ever thought that Star Wars is “a boy thing,” Mark Hamill has some strong words to say about that.

What happened: Twitter user Kristal Foster recently tagged Hamill in a tweet about her daughter’s choice of "Star Wars"-themed footwear.

  • Foster wrote, “My5-year-old daughter picked these shoes, and a boy at school said Star Wars is for boys. She said Star Wars is for girls too. What do you think @HamillHimself?”
  • True to form, Hamill was quick to retweet Foster and reply with a message that would make Leia Organa proud.
  • “Sometimes boys can be such stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerfherders!” Hamill wrote, adding the hashtag #StarWarsIsForEveryone.

The response: Hamill’s tweet prompted dozens of responses from female Star Wars fans who were quick to share their love for the films.

Many were quick to reflect on how the late Carrie Fisher would respond.

Women make up a large portion of the "Star Wars" fandom, according to

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  • In 2017, Box Office Mojo calculated that 43 percent of the people who watched “The Last Jedi” on opening day were female.
  • Newsweek reported that the increased inclusion of strong female characters like Rey, Captain Phasma, Rose Tico, and Jyn Erso in the "Star Wars" universe has made women turn out in record numbers.
  • Chloe Jandsten, a fan of the series, told Newsweek, “Growing up, I was the only girl I knew who liked Star Wars … seeing a woman central on the Star Wars posters—even now it makes me tear up.”