To feminists it’s a sin to compliment a woman’s appearance, apparently. Actor Steve Martin learned that the hard way yesterday after tweeting out his initial memory of actress Carrie Fisher, whose untimely death made headlines Tuesday morning. Thousands tweeted out their respects to the iconic actress who played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. But not everyone escaped the wrath of the feminist police, who were out in full force enforcing their special code of conduct about what could be said and what couldn’t be said about the late actress.
Actor and Saturday Night Live alumni Steve Martin got the brunt of it when he responded with a kind and somewhat tongue-in-cheek tweet:
The tweet garnered thousands of likes and retweets before Martin eventually deleted it because of feminist backlash. Because apparently complimenting a woman’s appearance is akin to reducing her to a sex object. Claire Landsbaum of feminist magazine The Cut blasted the “very bad” tweet writing in a follow-up article:
“Carrie Fisher Struggled Against Being a Nerd-Boy Sex Object Her Whole Life”
The Cut’s parent magazine New York Magazine also ascended the bully pulpit to lecture everyone on the “appropriate” way to pay respects to the late actress:
Remember Carrie Fisher for her talent, her feminism, her commentary on mental health — not for the way she looked https://t.co/R3eZqy6Ooh— New York Magazine (@NYMag) December 28, 2016
While the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway had fun with the condescending tweet and snarked back:
1) Don’t tell me how to remember 2) She was hot. Deal with it. 3) Stop the BuzzFeedification of shaming people for finding women attractive. https://t.co/XcTeGcAjQD— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 28, 2016