Lower your blasters. Although people have been body shaming “Star Wars” queen Carrie Fisher on Twitter, saying that she looks old, she’s been fighting back with some insightful comebacks.
Rolling Stone reported today that, in one tweet, Fisher told would-be trolls to “stop debating about whether or not I aged well … it hurts all three of my feelings. My body hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us … My body is a brain bag, it hauls me around to those places and in front of faces where there’s something to say or see.”
Not only is Fisher’s retort hilarious, it’s founded in actual science! Over time our bodies get wrinkly, saggy and pathetic because nature is taking its course. As Fisher wrote, with an added layer of obviousness, “Youth and beauty are not accomplishments, they’re the temporary happy by-products of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either.”
Fisher, who played Leia Organa in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, reprised her role for this year’s epic sequel, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Just to give any other online ageist weirdos out there some perspective, the very first “Star Wars” came out in 1977, 38 years ago, when Fisher was about 21 years old. Unless she was frozen in carbonite, fans should expect some wear.
The other issue is many diehard “Star Wars” freaks (who are now ancient themselves, but don’t want to admit it) are used to seeing Fisher in her skimpy slave outfit. Meanwhile, they didn’t raise an eyebrow at how gray Harrison Ford looks in his traditional Han Solo outfit. Just because he doesn’t look as handsome doesn’t mean he’s any less dashing, apparently. To that Fisher quipped, “Men don’t age better than women, they’re just allowed to age.”
And let’s get one thing straight here: If Leia Organa wasn’t played by Carrie Fisher in the original “Star Wars” films, they would have lacked punch. And, this most recent sequel would have lacked gusto, too (despite Daisy Ridley’s amazing performance/character). In it, Fisher plays the resilient leader of the rebellion and it really kicks. That’s because Fisher, who has time and again proven that she doesn’t play the damsel in distress, gives “Star Wars” it’s added Force power by leveling the playing field. All of the film’s characters are strong, male or female.
To help Daisy Ridley’s Rey become even more powerful in this set of sequels, Fisher has beseeched her to never wear anything resembling that pesky aforementioned slave outfit. Fisher wore it in the original trilogy’s final chapter, “Return of the Jedi,” when Leia was captured and sold to slimy crime boss, Jabba the Hutt. Essentially, to further the plot, Fisher was inadvertently turned into eye candy and she has regretted the move ever since.
Recently, official “slave girl” action figurines have outraged parents, meaning Fisher has gotten a lot of flak. She has since been warning Ridley of “The Force Awakens” to not make the same mistake. Entertainment Weekly explained in October that Fisher told Ridley, “Don’t be a slave like I was … keep fighting against that slave outfit.” Yep, keep fighting. That’s what Fisher (and Leia) would do.