An 8-year-old Star Wars fan has a bone to pick with the creators of a new Monopoly game themed after the popular intergalactic movie. Annie Rose learned Hasbro's game featured characters Luke Skywalker, Finn, Darth Vader, and Kylo Ren. But where was Rey, the picture's heroine? Rose decided to pen a letter to the company to demand an answer.
"How could you leave out Rey?" the child wrote in marker. "Without her THERE IS NO FORCE AWAKENS!" She adds, "Besides, boys and girls need to see women can be as strong as men! Girls matter! Boy or girl, who cares? We are equal, all of us!"
Her mom, author Carrie Goldman, posted the missive to social media, where it quickly gained traction with the hashtag #WheresRey. Soon the letter spawned thousands of retweets on Twitter, and generated even more buzz over on Facebook.
Hasbro initially responded to the girl's inquiry with a suspicious post to Twitter: "The Star Wars: Monopoly game was released in September, months before the movie's release, and Rey was not included to avoid revealing a key plot line that she takes on Kylo Ren and joins the Rebel Alliance." But fans quickly noted the character was visible in other costumes and toys before the movie hit theaters.
Flash forward 24 hours, and Hasbro announced it plans to issue an edition of Monopoly with Rey included.
Goldman, who denies having any involvement in the writing of her daughter's viral letter, says about her daughter, "She has a real passion for the issue of equality, so that last line is classic Annie Rose." She added the 8-year-old is very pleased about what she accomplished. "This morning she said to me, 'Mommy, this shows that one little kid who nobody knows can make a difference.'"
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.