Here is a true story: one of the first things this writer overheard after seeing The Force Awakens (for the second time) was a middle-aged dude say: “I don’t think time has been as nice to Carrie Fisher as it was to the others.”
Clearly, this gross sentiment was echoed round the globe, as a small but loud minority expressed shock that Carrie (who has previously discussed the pressure to lose 16kg in returning to Star Wars) committed the grievous crime of looking her age.
In response to the criticism, Carrie, 59, took to Twitter to kindly ask people to stop debating whether or not she’s aged well, thanks all the same.
Please stop debating about whetherOR not??aged well.unfortunately it hurts all3 of my feelings.My BODY hasnt aged as well as I have.Blow us????
— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) December 29, 2015
Oh, and to tell them to blow her.
As was only the naturally order of things, her one tweet set of a Twitter storm of support, hate, and general weighers-in on the female body aging
gracefully convo. She retweeted the particularly poignant response: “Men don’t age better than women, they’re just allowed to age.”
Then it was back to Carrie, tweeting (accompanied by a pic her of dog, which while cute, is still pretty strange): “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.”
If you’ll pop along to her Twitter feed (@carrieffisher), you’ll see she’s now retweeting some of the nastier bits of hate she’s received for standing up for herself (shocker), but we’ll just choose to leave you with this instead:
— Kendall Ashlee (@IzzoKendall) December 29, 2015
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