Star Wars fans send death threats to reporter

Katherine TimpfLooks like Star Wars fans are not too happy with comments made by Fox News contributor Katherine Timpf. When the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer dropped last month, she was on the political comedy show Red Eye w/ Tom Shillue and didn’t hesitate to poke fun at the franchise and its fans.

“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,” she joked. “You people are crazy … Yesterday I tweeted something, and all I said was that I wasn’t familiar with Star Wars because I’ve been too busy liking cool things and being attractive — people threatened my life.”

Since then, she has received death threats and has been the subject of threatening YouTube videos.

Timpf, who is also a reporter for National Review, shared some of the tweets she has been receiving along with an article taking a stand on this.

She wrote: “Bottom line: If you are telling me that I should die and/or apologize for making a joke about a movie you like, then you are too sensitive. You have the problem, not me. I’m sick of oversensitive mobs in our overly sensitive society bullying people into saying that they’re sorry over jokes — even if the subject of the joke is something as serious as Star Wars. So, for that reason, I will not apologize.”

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  1. chronium • November 26, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

    Death threats are never ok but she was making fun of the people not the movie so her expecting nothing to happen is just plain dumb.

  2. zuh • November 26, 2015 @ 10:35 AM

    Death threats are stupid…. but she call everyone “space nerds”, that’s somewhat uncalled for.

  3. MH • November 26, 2015 @ 10:43 AM

    Whoops. As a reporter you have to be neutral when reporting news. “too busy liking cool things and being attractive”. That type of thinking is just not cool. #selfesteemcheck

  4. Chris • November 26, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

    “death to the infidel !”

  5. Vanessa • November 26, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

    I admire her for not apologizing, though. Our society has become WAY too politically correct and people shouldn’t have to apologize for expressing an opinion as silly as the one she did.

  6. Nick Norris • November 26, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

    While she should apologize because she was being blatantly insulting and rude, that is NEVER a justification for threats of any unreasonable kind (short of a lawsuit if she was defaming the character of a specific individual).

    You could always threaten her to a counter-report and make a funny video teasing her back… that would be appropos… and potentially funny!

  7. GeminiDream • November 26, 2015 @ 11:59 AM

    Since when did she think her critique of the massively successful Star Wars saga matter to the world? Most blondes that don’t like Star Wars aren’t smart enough to follow along and understand the plot and character development; we geeks and nerds tend to be of higher intelligence than the average audience so I see why this genre is beyond her.
    I wouldn’t waste my time threatening this nobody-now she has free publicity that she doesn’t deserve.

  8. Rommel Luna • November 26, 2015 @ 12:36 PM

    Space nerds?
    Most of those so-called “Star Wars fans” are just “Marketing Fools” – there are real fans and that’s OK too, but I’m sure she was thinking of all the bandwagonners when she said that, and then I agree with her.

  9. Rob • November 26, 2015 @ 12:50 PM

    “Being attractive” ? I assume that was said in humor as well? She isn’t! She is correct however in that we are too politically correct and people have lost their sense of humour.

  10. Jayson • November 26, 2015 @ 1:16 PM

    The way she made the joke sounded somewhat rude to somebody who is sensitive. HOWEVER Star Wars fans are for the most part, NERDS. You can like it if you want. I personally think Star Wars and the hype over the movie is pathetic.
    To make a death threat over a movie makes you an even bigger nerd and a goof.
    For the record, she is pretty damn hot!

  11. Bob • November 26, 2015 @ 1:28 PM

    The dark side has consumed some of its fans.

    Joking aside, both we’re out of line. The reporter with her stupid rude comment and the death threats from the overly devoted fans.

  12. jerald • November 26, 2015 @ 2:26 PM

    TWO TOPICS: too sensitive in this day & age?! that will never happen. people are way too vicious and far too many people are uncaring.
    star wars is important to people, if not an obsession to some. i am looking forward to it and i’m taking my brother, who is obsessed with it. i’m happy that we will be sharing the experience together. that’s part of true brotherhood.

  13. mike • November 26, 2015 @ 4:32 PM

    death to the infidel i liked that one

  14. Joe • November 26, 2015 @ 4:43 PM

    The death threats ar stupid but so is her vanity and ego. Looking good and oind cool things?” Silly statements on both counts.

  15. Amy • November 26, 2015 @ 4:56 PM

    When Katherine Timpf said “I have never had any interest in watching space nerds poke each other with their little space-nerd sticks” she was NOT referring to the fans. She was referring to the characters in the movie. However, she did continue on to say “You people are crazy…” And big deal. So what? It’s not going to ruin the rest of your life. I’ve been called worse things by the people that I love and I’m still a well adjusted, normal functioning human being. Get over it Star Wars fans.

    But…when she said “I’ve been too busy liking cool things and being attractive” Being attractive? Wow, talk about patting yourself on the back, gag me. She should be embarrassed about that.

  16. Jackie • November 27, 2015 @ 10:35 PM

    Wow. Our society is quickly going down the toilet. So what if someone called people nerds and geeks. The over-sensitivity of people about pretty much everything is getting out of hand. I choose to brag about being a nerd. She did nothing wrong. Grow up, people. Have fun. Enjoy life. It doesn’t last very long.

  17. lor • November 28, 2015 @ 3:09 PM

    She is a bully and stuck up. She reminds me of the girl in school and she only thinks of herself and her looks. She pics o people she feels are below her like nerds etc. If you don’t have something nice to say then shut up

  18. gavid • November 29, 2015 @ 1:30 AM

    She should be fired

  19. gavid • November 29, 2015 @ 1:39 AM

    She must have bribe her way through school,because she sounds like an illiterate,Star Wars number #1 all the way to infinity.

  20. Kevin • November 29, 2015 @ 6:59 AM

    It’s FOX news. Enough said. The news organization comes with zero integrity ie Anne Coulter

    As for not apologizing? It is irresponsible to criticize, denigrate and use a position of a “news” reporter to say such things about any individual persons or groups.

    I’d also like to add that death threats are not ok either and it is irresponsible for fans to react in that manner. Be more pro active and stop watching! Better yet demand an apology from the FOX executive. Trust me enough complaints landing on the President of FOXs desk will get the desired outcome, use your combined “force” to make positive change

  21. Jay • November 29, 2015 @ 6:53 PM

    Dumb, irrational people on both sides of this.

  22. Franz Vanderkraan • December 2, 2015 @ 7:02 PM

    Let’s be honest. if any one of us understood ourselves enough, we’d humbly admit this fact:
    We’ve chosen not to fill our days with enough forward personal success so that we are lead by the nose by a great marketing engine ( to waste another bit of our lives commenting here.
    We’re all a bit pathetic, but then our sickness is shared, ya? Now, let’s get back to escaping our daily “lives” by watching yet another Star Wars movie.
    Cheer up, everyone!
    May ure Force be with you.
    The F-man

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