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.