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Steve Martin deletes Twitter tribute to Carrie Fisher after backlash

Steve Martin and Carrie Fisher. (Casey Curry / Invision / AP; Chris Pizzello / AP)
Steve Martin and Carrie Fisher. (Casey Curry / Invision / AP; Chris Pizzello / AP)

Friends and fans alike took to social media to mourn Carrie Fisher’s death on Tuesday, including Steve Martin, who shared a message over Twitter. But Martin deleted his tweet soon after accusations that it was sexist. 

“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,” Martin wrote. 

Some called out Martin for focusing on her physical appearance, a topic Fisher spoke out against throughout her career. Others noted that Fisher likely wanted to be remembered for more than just being pretty

After the tribute had been deleted, a contingent of supporters jumped to Martin’s defense, while others surmised that Fisher likely would have laughed about the matter.   

Fisher, of course, was outspoken in her feminism, especially in regards to her legacy as Princess Leia. She did not hesitate to call people out on their perceptions and sexualization of the character.  

Then again, Fisher herself reduced Martin to a one-night stand in a 1999 interview she conducted with the actor for The Times. "I slept with Steve Martin once and once only, 20-some years ago. And I interviewed Steve Martin once and once only, 20-some days ago," she began the piece. "You do the math."

"This interview will be the last in the series I did in my upcoming book, titled 'Famous Men I Have Slept With So I Could Interview Them Later,' due out in the fall for Simon & Schuster," Fisher added.

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