Scoop: There’s no problem with Phasma’s armor

Bloggers rightly chastised one fan who didn't think the new character Captain Phasma in the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" looked feminine. (Courtesy photo)

Bloggers rightly chastised one fan who didn't think the new character Captain Phasma in the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" looked feminine. (Courtesy photo)

That’s right — Captain Phasma doesn’t need to be sexy.

A person on the “Star Wars” Facebook fansite gave it to a commenter who looked at an image of the stormtrooper (a new character in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” played by Gwendoline Christie of “Game of Thrones”) who said, “Not to be sexist but it’s really hard to tell that’s female armor for me.”

After a post on the site shot back: “It’s armor. On a woman. It doesn’t have to look feminine,” astute bloggers quickly applauded the retort, castigating the person who couldn’t relate to a woman character that’s “simply a badass killing machine” without “boob plates or a pink helmet or Hello Kitty throwing stars.”

Those who aren’t among the Facebook site’s 14 million fans may be amused to hear about this week’s “Force Friday,” which marketers are billing as “the world’s first ever global live toy unboxing event.” The promotion, happening over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, will showcase “highlights from the range of epic merchandise revealed in a rolling New Year’s Eve style celebration featuring top digital stars.”

For the uninitiated, those stars include EvanTubeHD, the Bratayley family, AlexBy11 and Chris Pirillo.

Yes, Virginia, there are people who are famous for being “Star Wars” geeks.


Bay Area bartender Hubert Tang certainly has had a run of good luck lately.

He hadn’t purchased a lottery ticket in a decade, but when he found a $20 bill on the street outside San Francisco International Airport last week, he decided to buy two “$1 Million Jackpot! Scratchers” tickets. One of them was a winner.

He told CBS News he was in shock after the win, and that he didn’t have any big immediate plans for the haul, but would put it in savings.

The ticket was sold at Andrea’s Market in Millbrae.


Director Wes Craven, horror king known for the “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream” franchises, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76. … Bono, whose investment group raked in $1.4 billion as a result of buying Facebook shares, still isn’t quite the world’s richest rock star because he has to share the earnings with partners; he still ranks below Paul McCartney and Madonna, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.

Singer-actress Zendaya Coleman is 19. … Singer Angaleena Presley of Pistol Annies is 39. … Actor Scott Speedman is 40. … Chef Padma Lakshmi is 45. … Saxophonist Boney James is 54. … Singer Gloria Estefan is 58. … Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw is 65. … Singer Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees is 69. … Singer Archie Bell of Archie Bell and the Drells is 71. … Comedian-actress Lily Tomlin is 76. … Actor George Maharis is 87.

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