Twitter was abuzz this morning after news that Steve Martin deleted a tweet intended to tribute the late Carrie Fisher, who passed away Tuesday after a heart attack.
“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,” he wrote.
A seemingly innocent tribute to a fellow actress in a time of mourning. But then, Steve deleted the tweet after social justice warriors attacked him for being “insensitive” and “sexist” among other things.
Are you kidding me?
I consider myself to be a feminist. I believe that women should have the same rights as men. But I can’t for the life of me figure out what is so sexist and insensitive about this tweet.
Many argue that the tweet focused on her looks when her accomplishments were far greater, and that by not acknowledging those accomplishments, he was somehow promoting a sexist view that only a woman’s looks are important. I say that’s a load of a hogwash.
Can we not compliment a woman on her appearance anymore without being labeled as sexist or shallow? If we highlight a person’s physical beauty are we somehow diminishing their other qualities? I think not. When I was young, I loved Aaliyah and wished I had her perfect abs. Does that mean I am somehow sexist? Because I had one thought about her appearance, I had no other appreciation for her talents?
Or if I say how attractive Ryan Gosling is, am I somehow dismissing his acting abilities?
This was a person that Steve Martin knew, and during this time of mourning he chose to commemorate her with his OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE and memory. So what if he found her beautiful? He also recognizes her wit and intelligence.
I am well aware that sexism exists in our society, but let’s not jump on everything and label it as sexist despite the context. There are far more worrisome comments that have been made, and intentions that have been had in other situations that warrant the policing that has been done in this situation. Let’s focus our energy on real threats to equality–not an innocuous tweet intended to celebrate a friend that has passed.
Steve Martin’s tweet about Carrie was beautiful, heartfelt, and while I didn’t know her, I can only imagine she would have thought the same thing.
And if you were offended by it, I suggest you get a hobby.