Martin deletes tweet calling Carrie Fisher ‘beautiful’
Actor and comedian Steve Martin deleted a tweet that described Carrie Fisher as a “beautiful creature” after feminists complained it objectified the late actress.
Mr. Martin took to Twitter like dozens of other celebrities to pay tribute to the “Star Wars” actress after news broke Tuesday that she died after suffering a heart attack a few days earlier.
“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,” Mr. Martin wrote Tuesday afternoon in the now deleted tweet.
New York magazine called the tweet “extremely bad” and argued that Ms. Fisher fought against being labeled a sex symbol throughout her career.
In an article titled, “Carrie Fisher Struggled Against Being a Nerd-Boy Sex Object Her Whole Life,” New York magazine’s Claire Landsbaum wrote that Mr. Martin’s characterization of Princess Leia was “a wet dream for prepubescent men.”
She said this image was something that Ms. Fisher repeatedly spoke out against.
“So remember Fisher for her immense talent, her outspoken feminism, and her moving commentary on mental health — not for the way she looked onscreen,” Ms. Landsbaum wrote.
Mr. Martin has not issued any public comment on his deleted tweet.