Monday, January 2, 2017

Carrie Fisher tweet: Steven Martin vs. political correctness

Comedian Steve Martin encountered the PC police for his tribute to the late Carrie Fisher.

Jabba the Hut? Steve Martin was right to describe the late Carrie Fisher as “the most beautiful creature” that he and the film-going public had seen. And it is his and their right to feel, think and say so.

WASHINGTON, December 30, 2016 — Moved by the passing of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, comedian Steve Martin took to 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,” wrote Martin.

One of the cultural scolds at New York magazine tweeted back, “Steve Martin, This is a Bad Tribute to Carrie Fisher. Please be better than Jabba the Hutt.”

Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi.

Suddenly realizing the severity of his politically incorrect sentiments, the panicky Martin quickly deleted the tribute.
An article appearing in New York magazine shortly after Fisher’s death described her past “sex symbol” status as “a one-dimensional reading of her [Star Wars] character, who was a brilliant tactician, a strong rebel leader, and an ace shot with a blaster. And yet, with the launch of George Lucas’s Star Wars trilogy in 1977 – and especially thanks to her infamous metal-and-leather bikini in 1983’s Return of the Jedi – that’s exactly what Fisher became on an international scale.”

It was remarkably similar to criticism leveled at Hollywood by the guardians of the female mystique at the website Everyday Feminism. Even though the Princess Leia character was the daughter of Darth Vader, they said, she was “not a Jedi” and condemned Star Wars creator George Lucas for not populating his imaginary universe with women that “actually do something… These are characters that kids will dress up as for Halloween and role-play in invented adventures.”

They added that the “bikini-clad Leia is likely the image that people most associate with Fisher from these films, revealing the insidious power of objectification.”

Perhaps Lucas will someday follow the lead of friend and fellow director Steven Spielberg, who digitally altered his film ET for its 20th anniversary re-release. The film’s gun-toting, alien hunting feds were suddenly armed with nothing but walkie-talkies.

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