Actor and comedian Steve Martin was among the celebrities weighing in via Twitter on the all-too-soon death of actress and Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher.
“Was” being the operative word, because a tweet Martin had sent out Tuesday afternoon, which had garnered over 11,000 likes and over 2,000 retweets, promptly disappeared shortly thereafter.
But, Hollywood Reporter had already copied the tweet:
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 27, 2016
So, was Martin’s tweet a victim of political correctness run amok? It would seem so. Consider the words of Claire Landsbaum of New York magazine’s The Cut:
“But that characterization of Leia — as a wet dream for prepubescent men — is something Fisher spoke out against her whole career…” Landsbaum writes of Martin’s tweet. “So remember Fisher for her immense talent, her outspoken feminism, and her moving commentary on mental health — not for the way she looked onscreen.”
Steve Martin's tweet about Carrie Fisher is extremely bad https://t.co/if7QV6Ow3b
— The Cut (@TheCut) December 27, 2016
Many on social media saw this as an example of the PC police, and weren’t afraid to voice their opinions on the matter:
don't see anything wrong with it whatsoever.
— austin gebbia (@austin_gebbia) December 27, 2016
why would you use her as click bait?! Steve Martin was remembering her as the "total package" – one of the highest compliments!
— LB (@lindsayayres) December 27, 2016
It was a sweet tweet. Just stop.
— Pam (@lifebythecreek) December 28, 2016
Tasteless because he thought she was pretty? That is SJW crazy…
— SarahAnnRhoades (@SarahAnnRhoades) December 28, 2016
I'm convinced some folks just sit around on offendcon 1. They don't feel complete unless they feel outrage.
— Jeff Kemp (@jkempcpa) December 28, 2016
In fact, a look at reactions to The Cut’s post reveal a stunning majority who reflect these sentiments. It would seem, thankfully, that more and more people are growing tired of the PC-police.
Now, if Steve Martin hadn’t deleted that tweet!
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