Following the death Tuesday of “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the decades-old franchise, fellow actor and close friend Steve Martin took to Twitter to share a heartfelt parting message.
“When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher — she was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “She turned out to be witty and bright as well.”
While sane citizens likely felt tears well up in their eyes from reading this warmhearted tweet, liberal fascists experienced something else — a fit of rage, to be exact.
Take a look at the tweet below:
The rage ran especially deep in New York magazine contributor Claire Landsbaum, a radical feminist who penned a diatribe excoriating Martin for having committed the unforgivable sin of referring to Fisher as beautiful.
“Princess Leia’s status as the catalyst of male sexual awakening has been alluded to countless times in pop culture … And on Tuesday, Steve Martin helpfully reminded us of this fact in a now-deleted tweet when he said that for him as a young man, ‘she was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen,’” she wrote.
Steve Martin’s tweet about Carrie Fisher is extremely bad https://t.co/if7QV6Ow3b
— The Cut (@TheCut) December 27, 2016
Apparently, any appreciation of the beauty of someone of the opposite sex is now considered a thought crime.
In defending her rant, Landsbaum then claimed that Fisher had spent much of her career railing against her image as a sex symbol.
“But that characterization of Leia — as a wet dream for prepubescent men — is something Fisher spoke out against her whole career,” she wrote, pointing to statements Fisher made that she claimed was evidence of the actress’s opposition to normal biological thoughts.
However, Landsbaum may have been wrong in her interpretation.
.@SteveMartinToGo Like every girl in 1977 I wanted to be Leia: badass princess who got Han Solo. Your tweet was beautiful, don’t apologise
— Michele Frost (@michelelfrost) December 28, 2016
Carrie Fisher in “Star Wars” was both lovely and badass. That’s why we men of a certain age all had a crush on her. Leave Steve Martin alone
— Peter Cook (@_Peter_Cook) December 28, 2016
“Let’s not forget that these movies are basically boys’ fantasies,” Fisher said in one interview. “So the other way they made her more female in this one was to have her take off her clothes.”
That sounded like a factual statement — not an opinion of opposition. Also consider what she told the New York Daily News in an interview last year.
“What’s funny is I wish I had known I was a sex symbol,” she said at the time. “That’s so odd. Because I don’t think that way. I don’t look at myself even remotely that way.”
What Fisher found shocking about this discovery was that it went against the grain of her own thoughts, which sadly had often been more negative than positive.
“I’m an extremely self-conscious and tense person … I did not know that I was pretty,” she added. “I just thought I looked OK and I could go out.”
In other words, she never realized her own beauty. But Steve Martin surely did. So did I. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with boys or men either recognizing a woman’s physical beauty, so long as it’s done respectfully. As Martin certainly did.
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