In 1977, a 19-year-old Carrie Fisher made her Hollywood debut as Princess Leia Organa in "Star Wars: A New Hope." After reprising that role in last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Carrie Fisher found herself at the center of an online conversation about body positivity.
Many fans were shocked and dismayed to see that Fisher's appearance had changed over the past 38 years, sparking an Internet debate over whether or not she had "aged well." No such debate emerged over her male co-stars' looks, emphasizing the additional scrutiny actresses (of all ages) undergo on a daily basis.
In the wake of that misogynistic and ageist criticism, Fisher took to Twitter — and took no prisoners.
If you've read her hilarious memoir Wishful Drinking, you won't be surprised by her response. (And if you haven't, you'll want to after seeing what she can do with just 140 characters.)
Fisher's unique form of tweeting only adds to the awesomeness of her response.
Fisher further emphasized the importance of mind over matter, tweeting, "My body is my brain bag, it hauls me around to those places & in front of faces where theres something to say or see."
She added that she identified more with who she felt herself to be than what she looked like.
One especially profound tweet drew attention to the core of the problem: Hollywood's attitude toward female youth and beauty. Debunking the view that physical attractiveness is some kind of accomplishment, Fisher declared youth and beauty as nothing more than the temporary, happy byproducts of time and/or DNA.
Her advice to those who put stock in such things? Don't hold your breath for either.
Other famous women have tweeted messages of support for Fisher.
Bette Midler applauded Fisher's social media campaign for social change, tweeting:
Demi Lovato thanked Fisher for defending every woman's right to age naturally and heralded her as an "awesome example for women of all ages everywhere."
Andie MacDowell, best known for her performance in Groundhog Day, even offered an idea for Fisher's next blockbuster performance:
Whether or not that happens, one thing’s for sure: the feminism is strong with this one.
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