Entertainment Celebrity Carrie Fisher strikes back at body shamers

Carrie Fisher strikes back at body shamers

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor Carrie Fisher has shut down body shamers in a series of tweets highlighting Hollywood’s obsession with youth and appearance.

Fisher, who reprised her famous role as Leia Organa in the latest blockbuster film, took to Twitter to hit back at detractors who criticised her looks.

“Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well,” she wrote.

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“Unfortunately it hurts all three of my feelings.

“My body hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us.”

Her original tweet has been retweeted almost 13,000 times and has so far received 48,000 likes.

Several celebrities were among those who responded to Fisher’s tweets.

“I love you and your response,” author and activist Tara Moss wrote.

“You have aged magnificently. Body, wit, face, wisdom, career, whole damn kit and caboodle,” writer Jane Caro tweeted.

Fisher, 59, who is also a successful author and comedian, has previously spoken out about the pressure she felt to look like her younger self.

The actor was 19 when she filmed the first Star Wars film, released in 1977.

In an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine, Fisher said she was pressured to lose about 15 kilograms before reprising her role in The Force Awakens.

“They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters,” she said.

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Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in the original movie. Photo: AP/20th Century Fox

“It’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance.

“That is so messed up.

“You might as well say ‘Get younger’, because that’s how easy it is.”

She told the magazine Hollywood was beauty-obsessed.

“We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane,” she said.

“Everyone in LA says, ‘Oh, you look good’.

“It’s never, ‘How are you?’ or ‘You seem happy’.”

In addition to her roles in the Star Wars films, Fisher, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actor Debbie Reynolds, found success as the author of the semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge.

She also penned a one-woman play ‘Wishful Drinking’, which she also turned into a book.

Fisher has spoken openly about her struggles with bipolar disorder and addiction.

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