Merriam-Webster needed only six words to shut down sexist Dr. Who fans who complained about the show's latest casting announcement.
Over the weekend, it was announced that Jodie Whittaker will become the first female Dr. Who in the 50 year history of the franchise.
Predictably, this ruffled the feathers of some of the show's less enlightened fans.
Imagine one of your favourite shows but with someone of the opposite gender playing your favourite character(s). Hell.— Jamie Ghis (@GhisPerrier) July 16, 2017
In other words, this:
Score so far:— john macdonald (@lennon4life1968) July 16, 2017
Secure women and men : "Love choice and looking forward"
Children and chauvinists: " I AM NEVER WATCHING AGAIN!!!"
On Monday, in response to the sexists complaining about Whittaker's casting, Merriam-Webster posted this expert level burn to Twitter.
Twitter couldn't get enough of the dictionary's on point smack down.
You amateur status is being revoked. This is PRO level shade.— AJ Mirblahle 🖇 (@aj_mirabelle) July 17, 2017
6 hours later and I'm still floored by how good a tweet this was— Brian Ries (@moneyries) July 17, 2017
Salute! 🍷 Neither does President, Judge, Senator, Officer, Author, Professor.....— Cheryl Bell (@crntbell) July 17, 2017
Dear Merriam Webster, I ❤️ you so much. That's all.— Marie Alford-Harkey (@RevMarieAH) July 17, 2017
Merriam-Webster even sparked a conversation about gender and language, schooling folks on both sides of the Dr. Who divide.
That's true. We don't have words that *have* gender. But we do have words that *imply or identify* gender. e.g., Actor/Actress.— Jury Nelson (@JuryNelson) July 17, 2017
Neither does lawyer, banker, executive, athlete, accountant, scientist, criminal, architect, teacher or about a million other things.— Anthony Patrone (@Anthony_Patrone) July 17, 2017
Come to think of it, dictionary has no gender either but when it comes to sexist Dr. Who fans, this dictionary has Jodie Whittaker's back!