Why Carrie Fisher’s Twitter Takedown of Age-Shamers Is One of the Most Inspiring Moments of 2015
If we had to pick the one funny moment in 2015 that also got us right in the feels, we’d probably have to go with a too-real sketch Amy Schumer made with fellow funny ladies Julia Louis Dreyfus, Tina Fey and Patricia Arquette. In it, the trio poked fun at the Hollywood double standard that celebrates older male actors while deciding that women over 40 are no longer “f*ckable” by staging a mock celebration of the day women actors cross over to the other side.
Carrie Fisher would probably relate. The 59-year-old actress and author played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy when she was in her 20s, and is back in the spotlight after reprising her famous role for The Force Awakens. Unfortunately she’s gotten major Twitter shade for (gasp) noticeably aging in the 32 years since she rocked that iconic gold bikini in Return of the Jedi. Which is why Fisher’s Twitter reply to all the haters is EXACTLY appropriate, and blowing up the Internet in a serious way.
She added in a subsequent tweet: “My body is my brain bag, it hauls me around to those places & in front of faces where there’s something to say or see,” and included a pic of her hilariously cute French bulldog, Gary. She also retweeted a fan who observed that women in Hollywood don’t age any better than men; men, unlike women, are simply allowed to age in the first place. Ugh, so unfair and so true.
You go, Carrie Fisher. And age-shaming haters: don’t let the door hit you in the backside on your way out.
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