Actress and writer Carrie Fisher has been known for some time for her quick wit in Hollywood circles, and she is taking on the body critics who have derided her appearance in the mega-blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, the actress is shutting down body critics and taking on New York Post writer Kyle Smith, who said the actress would not even be known in Hollywood were it not for the fact that she had been slim and cute when director George Lucas hired her in the role of Leia Organa for 1977’s Star Wars.
“If she didn’t want the public to talk about her, she could have spent the last 40 years teaching kindergarten,” Smith opined.
Smith set off a Twitter firestorm with his views, and Fisher continued to shut down the body critics along with Smith.
Smith also said in his New York Post column that Fisher and other actresses who “profited nicely from their looks” should be grateful that they had the opportunity to be successful one way or the other. However, Fisher’s considerable legion of Twitter fans, now numbering at nearly 840,000, decided to join Fisher in shutting down body critics.
Carrie Fisher has never been one to back away from a battle, whether under fire from Stormtroopers during the Star Wars saga or in shutting down body critics in real life. Fisher also had advice for Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, at the London press conference December 17, according to the Guardian.
“Don’t go through the crew like wildfire,” she told the 23-year-old actress.
Ridley is only a few years older than Fisher herself was when Star Wars debuted.
In shutting down body critics, Carrie Fisher has once again proved that she is not willing to sit idly by and let herself be hammered by those who want to critique either her appearance or her choice of profession. Smith’s criticisms did not stop at Fisher’s decision to shut down body critics; he also said he thought Fisher would not have had much of a writing career were it not for the start she got from Star Wars.
“She turned out to be a talented writer as well, but it’s an open question whether the second career would ever have gotten off the launch pad without the fuel provided by her first,” Smith wrote. “Mostly she has written about what it’s like to be Carrie Fisher.”
Neither Fisher nor her fans took kindly to Smith’s words. Carrie Fisher was clearly unimpressed by Smith’s attacks and took to Twitter in several tweets.
Her fans also took on Smith while they were shutting down body critics.
Carrie Fisher also had a few choice words for those individuals who chose to challenge notions of beauty and age in show business or in other career opportunities.
“Youth and beauty are not accomplishments, they’re the temporary happy biproducts of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either [sic],” Fisher wrote, according to CNN.
Fisher has garnered much praise in shutting down body critics, and no doubt, she’ll take on others as she seems to have become the voice for older actresses in Hollywood.
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