Carrie Fisher used the force (and Twitter) to school some obnoxious Star Wars trolls.
In the new Star Wars movie, Carrie Fisher plays a badass, matured, and deeply complex version of her former princess Leia character. In real life, idiots can’t stop focusing on her looks and how she’s aged long enough to even notice.
The 59-year-old actress first donned Princess Leia’s golden bikini almost 30 years, but some fans are apparently surprised she doesn’t still look exactly like her 20-something self. Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out two weeks ago, Fisher’s Twitter mentions have been filled with hurtful and annoying comments from “fans” telling her she didn’t age well and isn’t as attractive as she used to be.
Fisher is understandably sick of their shit, so yesterday she fired off an epic response that has women all over the galaxy saying hell yes. In a tweet, the actress wrote, “Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well. Unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings. My body hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us.”
The actress didn’t need to follow up that mic drop with anything else, but she did, tweeting that her “body is just a brain bag” that hauls her around to “places and in front of faces where there’s something to say or see.” She finished her smackdown with this gem: “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.”
Clearly, Carrie Fisher outgrew her Princess Leia past and transformed into a motherfucking queen.
This isn’t the first time Fisher has spoken out about the scrutiny she faces in her industry and how cutthroat sexism and ageism can be. In an interview with Good Housekeeping UK, she admitted she’d felt pressured to lose weight for the role, and said, “I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say ‘get younger,’ because that’s how easy it is.”
Most of us will never experience the level of criticism Fisher does — thank God — but I think every single one of us can relate to the pressure to stay young, thin, and beautiful, no matter what. Women face absurd expectations when it comes to our bodies, and it’s rare for us to just be allowed to age and change in peace.
Fisher’s tweets are a powerful statement for all women that we’re more than the number of candles on our birthday cakes, and the haters can “blow us.” Congratulations to Carrie on her billion dollar movie and on being one of the most badass women around.