Sunday, January 01, 2017

Must not say a woman is beautiful

Steve Martin was forced to delete his Twitter tribute to the late Carrie Fisher after critics labeled the remembrance as 'sexist'.

Fisher's death at the age of 60 took her fans, friends and family by surprise and Martin was one of the many celebrities who voiced his shock and sadness at her passing online. 

'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,' the comedian wrote on Twitter.

Some on Twitter came out to criticize Martin's post however, saying that his attention first on her physical appearance before her personality wasn't the right way to remember Hollywood princess.

Twitter user Joe Bennett said he found Martin's tweet 'tasteless'.  'I doubt Carrie would like to be remembered as a sex symbol first (but also smart!)' he wrote.

New York Magazine's The Cut blog also wrote a post about Martin's since-deleted tweet.  Writer Claire Landsbaum said that Martin's tweet focusing on Fisher's beauty was something she 'spoke out against her whole career'.  '[R]emember Fisher for her immense talent, her outspoken feminism, and her moving commentary on mental health - not for the way she looked onscreen,' the article reads.

Martin sparked a new wave of tweets - this time in his favor - when he deleted the tribute.

Many Twitter users jumped to the 71-year-old comedian's defense - saying it was a lovely remembrance and the criticisms are just more evidence of a politically-correct-obsessed culture.

'We live in a society where Steve Martin says a few nice words about Carrie Fisher and people perceive it to be sexist,' a Twitter user named Lawrence wrote.



Anonymous said...

The politically correct crowd wants to pretend that sex does not interest them.

Bird of Paradise said...

We must say that liberals are whining pathetic little snowflakes who wants to ban all words that might hurt their sensitive little feelings and therefore free speech must be restricted in case a whining little snowflake gets offended Frakly snowflakes need to GET A LIFE

Anonymous said...

I'd bet you none of these whiners would give a second thought to someone saying that George Michael was handsome and turned out to be witty and bright also.

That is true sexism folks and yet they'll never acknowledge it.

Dean said...

Humans are visual animals. Our first impression on meeting a person is visual. We notice their physical characteristics - height, facial features, body shape, dress, how the person carries him or her self. Amon the perception is that of physical attractiveness. Only later - minutes, hours, days or longer do we arrive at understanding of the person's intellect, social ability, political / social attitudes and beliefs.

Thus Steve Martin's initial perception of Carrie Fisher as a beautiful woman is natural. His appreciation of her intellect, etc. would naturally come over time.

And, we must face a most un-PC fact. Hollywood is in the business of selling images of people as their customers wish they were - handsome, beautiful, winners in life. So beautiful people (in most instances) are cast as stars. Carrie Fisher was chosen for the role of Princess Lea in good measure because she was beautiful.
Mentioning that fact is not sexist, it is reality.

Unfortunately the PC crowd cannot accept reality and vehemently rail against it.

Dean said...

Anon 4:36 Good point.

Anonymous said...

Reality and facts are irrelevant in today's world.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Liberal pajama boys sit hot herbal sissyblosume tea and conting the snowflakes walking by

Firebird said...

A liberal snowflake hit one with a stick over the head and you hear that hollow coconut sound like in a 3 Stooges film

Anonymous said...

For most of her life Fisher struggled with addiction and was not beautiful in any sense of the word. That she overcame that and was able to remake her writing and acting career should be commended. That Martin chose to commemorate her in the sequence that he knew her, looks first then getting to know the real person and omitting the downside is human nature. That he yielded to criticism of his honesty shows how gutless he and most of his progressive Hollywood ilk are.