Actor and comedian Steve Martin deleted a tweet Tuesday 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 on a plane a few days earlier.
From The Washington Times
“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, The Blaze reported.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 27, 2016
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 “as a wet dream for prepubescent men” was something 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.