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Steve Martin Faces Backlash For Carrie Fisher Comment

| by Sheena Vasani

Actor Steve Martin sparked controversy after making what some deemed an inappropriate tribute to the late actress Carrie Fisher on Twitter.

"When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen," wrote Martin in the tweet he later deleted. "She turned out to be witty and bright as well."

The tweet quickly riled up many social media users, reports Fox News. 

"I think she aspired to something higher than just being pretty," responded one male Twitter user. "How do you want to be remembered?"

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Even some media outlets expressed their disapproval with Martin's comments.

"That characterization of Leia -- as a wet dream for prepubescent men -- is something Fisher spoke out against her whole career," argues Claire Landsbaum in a piece for the New York magazine, discussing Fisher's famous Princess Leia character. "Remember Fisher for her immense talent, her outspoken feminism, and her moving commentary on mental health -- not for the way she looked onscreen."

Others agreed, pointing out Fisher's specific remarks speaking out against objectification, sexism and ageism.

"Youth&BeautyR/NOT ACCOMPLISHMENTS,theyre theTEMPORARY happy/BiProducts/of Time&/or DNA/Dont Hold yourBreath4either/ifUmust holdAir/takeGarys," tweeted Fisher almost exactly a year before she died.

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Others didn't see the big deal.

"[Steve Martin] tweet about [Carrie Fisher]," commented one Twitter user. "Am I missing something? What is the squak about? Sounded lovely to me."

"If you were upset by Steve Martin’s tweet about Carrie Fisher, congratulations!" chimed in another. "You are officially addicted to outrage. Now, seek help."

Others went so far as to imply some of those speaking out against Martin's comments were bullies.

"I'm going to be p***ed off all day because people bullied Steve Martin into deleting a tweet about his friend, Carrie Fisher," remarked one man.

Martin is not the only one sparking controversy for making comments about Fisher after she died.

"RIP Carrie Fisher, you'll always have the best buns in the galaxy," wrote baked goods chain Cinnabon on its Twitter before it also deleted the tweet.

Sources: Fox News, Steve Martin/Twitter, Joe Bennet/TwitterNew York, Carrie Fisher/Twitter / Photo credit: Carrie Fisher/Twitter

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