Comedy legend Steve Martin tweeted and deleted a tribute to the late Carrie Fisher that some found to be distasteful and sexist. The now-expunged tweet read, "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."
Although many saw no problem with the tweet, others felt that commenting on her looks was a disgrace to Fisher's legacy as a feminist who often spoke out against ageism and her "sex symbol" persona as Princess Leia.
After all, Fisher devoted much of her post-Star Wars career trying to separate herself from being masturbation material for teenage boys. She tried to show the world how badass Leia was beyond the metal bikini, and empowered women to trounce those who thought that female characters should be reduced to one dimensional eye candy under the male gaze.
Of course, most tweets being sent out now are people getting mad that people got mad, but such is the internet.
In a 1983 interview with Rolling Stone, Carrie Fisher even called the Star Wars movies "boys' fantasies" adding about her character, "the other way they made her more female in this one was to have her take off her clothes."
Of course, Steve Martin probably meant no offense when remembering his old friend, but we can't help but feel that somewhere, in a galaxy far, far away, Carrie Fisher is half-jokingly flipping Martin off right now.