The public has become accustomed to public figures taking to print, broadcast and social media to apologize for faux pas and seemingly innocuous comments as the power of an all-too-easily upset culture turns mere disagreement to offense.

Now, a FOX News contributor has experienced first hand the extent to which some people will go when they feel their favorite movie is insulted.

Katherine Timpf, appearing on the very late-night comedy/satire program, “Red Eye w/Tom Shillue,” aroused the ire of Star Wars fans by claiming not only that she is unfamiliar with the saga, but that she “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.”

The comment enraged fans of the George Lucas space franchise that first hit theaters in 1977 making cultural icons of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, as well as Chewbacca the loyal wookie, the sage Obi Wan Kenobi, Yoda the philosopher, the ultimate bad guy, Darth Vader, and two endearing robots.

Fans who have been looking forward to the latest installment since the release 2005, the first that will reunite the cast of the original movie (including one of the robots and the wookie), took the comment as an insult and began sending death threats to Timpf.

The FOX contributor responded with a piece about online bullying published in the National Review, writing:

“If you are telling me that I should die 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.”

Timpf went on to call out the angry Star Wars fans and telling them not to expect an apology for her comments.

“I’m not apologizing. Why? Because the all-too-common knee-jerk reaction of apologizing for harmless jokes after overblown hysteria is ruining our culture. This political-correctness obsession threatens free speech, and I absolutely refuse to be a part of it.”

The six Star Wars films released as two trilogies have grossed nearly $5 billion worldwide and created a franchise industry Lucas could never have envisioned four decades ago.

The Guinness World Records organization says the Star Wars movies, DVDs, video and computer games, books, graphic novels, music, Halloween costumes, toys and action figures puts the total value of the Star Wars name at over $30 billion.

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