"Who's ready to let women take charge completely?"
Mark Hamill cheered Tuesday the record number of women who had been elected to Congress last week, joking that perhaps it's time to retire men from politics entirely.
Hamill shared a photo showing six Democrat congresswomen-elect (out of 122 women elected last week) on their first day in Capitol Hill, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib.
For centuries, men have had their chance to rule government with middling-to-poor results. Who's ready to let women take charge completely? Just women. I know I am. https://t.co/VRTurft6DG— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 13, 2018
"For centuries, men have had their chance to rule government with middling-to-poor results," the actor wrote. "Who's ready to let women take charge completely? Just women. I know I am."
Hamill, who enjoys taking the occasional swipe at President Donald Trump, managed to trigger a wide audience with this latest tweet, that struck some as facile Feminism by way of knocking down men wholesale.
Poor results? We live in the greatest country in the world! Why are people so desperate to come here? Illegally! Why do you and other Hollywood types stay here? Mark you should only speak after you hear "action"— Acoustic Worship (@billrhea1) November 14, 2018
One commenter even raised the familiar counterpoint of egalitarian conservatives: That voting based on gender alone undermines political equality.
Well instead of being a sexist and voting based upon what is between a person legs, I'm going to stick to voting for the candidates whose principles and values match closet to mine and as well as voting for them based upon their merit.— Mr L. Vagabond (@Drunken_Heathen) November 15, 2018
"I believe very much that you're a very positive and decent person," the user continued, "but this is a badly thought out position..."
I still love your acting ability and I very much believe that you're a very positive and decent person, but this is a badly thought out position that doesn't line up with my values of equality/egalitarianism (equal treatment before the law and equal opportunity) and meritocracy.— Mr L. Vagabond (@Drunken_Heathen) November 15, 2018
The strong reactions to Hamill's tweet reflect a cultural fissure in discussing gender and racial equality. Conservatives and Classical Liberals are peeved when a certain type of Twitter progressive equates the desire for the empowerment of oppressed groups with a call (perhaps an ironic one) for the erasure of their perceived oppressors. (See the furor that followed The New York Times' hiring of Sarah Jeong, the author of timeless tweets like "white men are bulls--t" and "#CancelWhitePeople.") Vox's explainer-in-chief Ezra Klein tepidly defended this phenomenon as a leftist form of trolling (conservatives who take the bait and overreact are the melting snowflakes in this scenario).
All that aside, at least one commenter noted elegantly that as fun as it is to turn the off-hand tweets of celebrities into earnest debates, perhaps Hamill wasn't all that serious.
Salty Star Wars fans and “political experts” be like pic.twitter.com/r86er8qfj3— Tiana Nguyen (@TianaNguyenT) November 15, 2018
Adaam James is a Pluralist founder and senior editor. You can argue with him on Twitter.
Cover image from Twitter: Mahyar Sorour