Famed comedian and musician Steve Martin was the target of the ire of feminists after posting a tweet that complimented the "beautiful" Carrie Fisher. The late actress, who played Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" movie series, died recently due to complications caused by a blood clot. Her mother, the equally famous Debbie Reynolds -- who played opposite Gene Kelly in "Singing in the Rain," died almost immediately afterward.
Martin posted on Twitter, "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."
Claire Landsbaum, of The Cut, observed:
"Princess Leia’s status as the catalyst of male sexual awakening has been alluded to countless times in pop culture. On Friends, when Ross confesses to Rachel that he had a sexual fantasy about bikini-clad Leia, Phoebe assures her it’s a rite of passage… 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.'” A tweet from the website scored Martin, saying that his remark was "in extremely bad taste."
Landsbaum also wrote that Fisher, who spent on-screen time in a now famous metal bikini, spent her entire career speaking out against the sexualization of the character she portrayed. Landsbaum concluded that people should “…remember Fisher for her immense talent, her outspoken feminism, and her moving commentary on mental health — not for the way she looked onscreen.”
Martin's tweet has since been deleted.
In her press tour for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Fisher mused about her sex symbol status. “I wish I had known I was a sex symbol.” In the movie, she played opposite Harrison Ford, who was once her lover in real life. “That’s so odd, because I don’t look at myself even remotely that way."