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People are mad that Doctor Who is a woman, now

So much for progress.
Jodie Whittaker Tribeca Film Festival
People are mad that Doctor Who is a lady because they're bored, or whatever. Photo: Getty

On Sunday, BBC announced that Jodie Whittaker would play the role of the 13th doctor on “Doctor Who.” And even though people are mostly excited, there are some misogynists out there that are mad that the Doctor — who by the way is an alien and probably not gendered the same way humans on Earth are — is a lady. Because like, what if she just menstruates everywhere! Or worse, is a feminist! Will our collective minds explode at seeing like, a little bit of equality on screen!?

Anyway, I’d like to focus on the people who embraced the announcement and had sarcastic responses, because really, why would you be mad about it unless you’re a horrible person?

Joss Whedon, the man who brought us such feminist lore as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” says he’s absolutely for progress but also, “Doctor Who” is really just a story about a man and his penis. “I’m absolutely for progress and inclusiveness,” he wrote. “But it is fair to worry when almost every ep of Doctor Who revolved aroun his big ol’ d—.” Touche my friend. Touche.

“Oh great a female Doctor Who,” wrote Mark Hoppus, dude from blink-182. “What next? Female real doctors? Female pilots? Female scientists? Female sisters and mothers? Female WOMEN?!”

This one’s my favorite: “you (dumb): let’s argue about the gender of doctor who. me (smart): actually it’s doctor whom.” Love syntax jokes!

Whittaker, a “Broadchurch” alum, is the first woman to play the Doctor in the show’s more than 50-year-history. And I’m pretty sure she’ll do just fine playing a fictional alien being going on adventures and stuff.

But also? Call me up with they have a non-white Doctor and we can talk.