2016 has been a sad year in terms of iconic people we have lost. *We* as in the world.
Entertainers, philanthropists, activists, artists, good people who not only used their talents to make us laugh and cry, or sing and dance, but who used the fame from that to try and make this world less shitty.
This week we have all been shocked by the unexpected death of everyone’s favourite princess. Carrie Fisher was one of those unforgettable faces and actresses who were timeless.
So, this morning while reading the news online, I came across this article on msn.com about how New York magazine got their tits in a knot when Steve Martin commented how Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature he had ever seen when he was young.
They went on to comment about how she would rather be remembered for her talents blah blah blah blah.
I call bullshit.
Is that what feminism is? Disallowing any comment about a woman’s beauty? What a bunch of double standard, hypocritical crap. How many beauty ads are gracing the pages of every single magazine, online article or newspaper?
Look. I agree. Carrie Fisher’s contribution to this world far exceeds the iconic image of her kicking Jabba the Hut’s ass while wearing that gold bikini, but it doesn’t mean that isn’t a part of who she was. Steve Martin was commenting on how that image of her was imprinted on him as a young man. It’s one of the most recognizable images of movie history. Just because he acknowledges that it made an impression on him doesn’t take anything away from her. It’s his memory, and he just shared it.
For God’s sake people. Has feminism come so far that to call a woman beautiful and to say that it is memorable is insulting?
Give me a fucking break.
For good or bad, that image of Carrie is part of who she is, and part of what allowed her to become the advocate for addiction and mental health that she did. I’d like to think that she would like to be remembered for all of that. I’d like to think that she would want to be remembered as a woman who was able to embrace this world, that likely emphasizes too much on physical beauty and use it for great things. She WAS beautiful. It’s not insulting or taking anything else away from her to say so.
Calm the fuck down.