Steve Martin has received major backlash on social media after his tribute to late actress Carrie Fisher was deemed sexist.
Carrie — who was best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the fantasy sci-fi franchise Star Wars — passed away at 60-years-old on Tuesday Dec. 27 after suffering a heart attack just four days earlier. Steve, like a number of his fellow celebrities and actors, took to Twitter to pay homage to the star following her passing.
Actor and comedian Steve Martin. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"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,” the 71-year-old comedian wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
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Fans were quick to call out the Father of the Bride star for only placing emphasis on Carrie’s looks rather than her accomplishments as a successful actress in his tribute. A New York Magazine article explained that it was so offensive because throughout her career, Carrie struggled with being objectified.
Carrie with co-star Mark Hamill in Star Wars. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“I wish I had known I was a sex symbol,” Carrie said during a press tour for Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year. “That’s so odd, because I don’t look at myself even remotely that way.”
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But other Twitter users have since come to Steve’s defense after his controversial tweet, and many of them said if they die they would like to have him pay tribute to them and call them beautiful. A few celebrities have even weighed in — British comedian Ricky Gervais posted a parody of Steve’s original tweet.
“When I was a young man, Steve Martin was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. He turned out to be bright and witty as well,” the 55-year-old star of The Office UK wrote.
Click through the gallery to see Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and more stars' touching social media tributes to Carrie.
"No words. #Devastated," the actor wrote on Twitter.