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Feminists Try to Control How We Recall Carrie Fisher

Steve Martin is slammed for saying the actress was 'beautiful'

Comedian Steve Martin sparked outrage this week over his tweet in remembrance of deceased actress Carrie Fisher.

“When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well,” Martin wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

Some immediately called the tweet sexist.

“I think she [aspired] to be something higher than just being pretty. How do you want to be remembered?” said one Twitter user.

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Shortly after the criticism, he deleted his tweet.

Martin was not the only one that progressives deemed misogynist. The New York Times obituary account was blasted for a tweet about her death which featured a photo of her wearing a gold-and-leather bikini in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.”

“It’s a picture of sexual objectification & enslavement. She was so much more,” English professor Erin Templeton tweeted.

It’s hard to keep one’s eyes from rolling. This was an iconic moment in her career. To be upset over highlighting it is downright silly.

Was she “so much more” than a beautiful woman/sex symbol? Of course. She was an actress, author, and screenwriter whose career endured and thrived far beyond the “Star Wars” franchise.

Even her role as Princess Leia was much more than a part for a pretty girl. Even when she was held hostage by Jabba the Hut, she did not come off as helpless. She fired her blaster pistols with the best of them and even killed her captor — all while creating memories for fans with her classic brunette beauty and iconic outfits.

She was “beautiful,” as Steve Martin put it, but she also was “witty and bright.” The question is: What’s wrong with putting that in a tweet?

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New York magazine wants Steve Martin to “be better than Jabba the Hut” and to remember her for her “talent, her feminism, and her commentary on mental health.”

Yet if it were not for her role as Princess Leia, she would not be remembered for any of these things.

Fisher came from Hollywood royalty as the daughter of Oscar-nominated singer-actress Debbie Reynolds, who since also has died. So it was only natural she would be admired for her beauty and for that early iconic role to be the most memorable for people of a certain age.

But feminism has degenerated into silliness, and, unfortunately, it also was only natural for feminists to raise these complaints.

If one dwelled on Margaret Thatcher’s beauty, that may not be appropriate … she participated in politics, which is not predicated at all on looks. In Hollywood, that classic show-business beauty is practically a requirement for the job — and certainly not something to be ignored or overlooked. 

It’s becoming a disturbing trend in the social media world that progressive trolls will descend on tweets and Facebook posts for making an obvious but complimentary comment. 

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Feminists want to dictate how we remember Carrie Fisher and hurl insults at those who recognize her in the role that made her famous. It offends common sense, but it is becoming far too common.

It’s insane for beauty to be considered an insult. Steve Martin had no business in the never-ending cycle of forced apologies. He said a nice thing that right-thinking people, men and women, could recognize and appreciate. What’s wrong with people who object to that?