Geeks can be a pretty hard and cynical lot, but every now and again a story comes along that melts the frosty, Hoth-like crust surrounding the hearts of even the most jaded Trekkies, Browncoats, or Marvel Zombies. You see, sweet, innocent 6-year old Katie loves Star Wars. She proudly wore a Star Wars backpack to school and drank out of a Star Wars water bottle at lunchtime, until some first-grade boys started bullying her about it, that is. They told her Star Wars was only for boys, ridiculing her to the point where Katie was in tears and wanted to bring a pink water bottle instead to avoid further torment.
Well, Katie’s Mom wasn’t having any of it. She immediately posted this blog, and within hours, received thousands of comments from people looking to nip bullying in the bud by supporting Katie. The story went viral, spreading like wildfire across the Internet, extending to a Facebook fan event in her name called Support Star Wars and Geek Pride for Katie, and a Twitter hashtag #MayTheForceBeWithKatie. This is a story of fans and everyday people rallying together to teach one sweet little girl to ignore bullying, and that there is no shame in expressing yourself. May The Force Be With You, Katie!