26 November, 2015 - NME.com
A Fox News contributor has revealed that she has received death threats after making jokes about Star Wars.
While appearing as a pundit on a satirical review show on Fox News last month, Katherine Timpf made fun of the iconic sci-fi franchise by saying: "I have never had any interest in watching space nerds poke each other with their little space nerd sticks, and I'm not going to start now."
During her TV appearance, Timpf also told viewers that "people threatened my life" after she posted a tweet in which "all I said was that I wasn't familiar with Star Wars because I've been too busy liking cool things and being attractive".
After a group of hardcore Star Wars fans picked up on her comments, Timpf was inundated with a new wave of death threats and other abusive messages, and shared some of them on Twitter.
Nice that he at least gives an exact time! pic.twitter.com/K8DlC0C42R— Katherine Timpf (@KatTimpf) November 25, 2015
Telling me you hope I die of the disease that killed my mom while I'm missing her over the holidays is so kind pic.twitter.com/SXxrhOb673— Katherine Timpf (@KatTimpf) November 25, 2015
S/O To the dude commenting on every single one of my Instagram pics calling me fat and "retarted"— Katherine Timpf (@KatTimpf) November 25, 2015
Timpf has also written an article about the furore for the National Review. "Obviously, the totally insane whackjobs who have been attacking me don't represent most Star Wars fans," she writes. "But the fact that so many adults have responded with so much unhinged emotion astounds me."
Later in the article, she concludes: "If you are telling me that I should die and/or apologise for making a joke about a movie you like, then you are too sensitive. You have the problem, not me."
Timpf continues to reply to enraged Star Wars fans on Twitter, and remains defiant. "I regret nothing," she insisted late last night (November 25).