Like many Hollywood stars, Steve Martin took to social media this week to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher, who passed away Tuesday after suffering a massive heart attack at the age of 60. However, unlike his contemporaries, his tribute was not welcomed by fans.
The comedian receive backlash for writing in a now-deleted tweet, “When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.”
Some Twitter users were quick to label Martin a misogynist, accusing the actor of focusing on Fisher’s looks and beauty rather than her work as an actress, writer and mental health advocate.
Seriously @SteveMartinToGo quit being such a jerk for thinking Carrie Fisher was beautiful and saying so on the occasion of her death…
— SarahLee (@sarailola) December 28, 2016
— SarahAnnRhoades (@SarahAnnRhoades) December 28, 2016
Steve Martin's tweet about Carrie Fisher is extremely bad https://t.co/if7QV6Ow3b
— The Cut (@TheCut) December 27, 2016
Though Martin did cave and eventually removed the tweet, some people thought the tribute was “sweet” and a “compliment” to Fisher’s legacy.
I would give away all my toes for Steve Martin to compliment me the way he complimented Carrie Fisher.
— Mere S H (@meresimkins) December 28, 2016
Good job, Internet.
Let's go after Steve Martin.
Clearly he's a sexist and needs to be villainized.
— Roger Craig Smith (@RogerCraigSmith) December 28, 2016
.@SteveMartinToGo Like every girl in 1977 I wanted to be Leia: badass princess who got Han Solo. Your tweet was beautiful, don't apologise
— Michele Frost (@michelelfrost) December 28, 2016
I stand with @SteveMartinToGo. His tribute to Carrie Fisher was sweet and meaningful.
— Shannon/TinyFury? (@jodfoster) December 28, 2016
— Michele Annaleise (@MichiAnnaleise) December 28, 2016
Carrie Fisher in “Star Wars” was both lovely and badass. That’s why we men of a certain age all had a crush on her. Leave Steve Martin alone
— Peter Cook (@_Peter_Cook) December 28, 2016
On Wednesday (Dec. 28, 2016), Fisher’s ex-husband, Paul Simon, tweeted his reaction to the passing of his former spouse. The singer, who married Fisher in 1983 after six years of dating, stayed in touch with Fisher after their divorce and, at one point, even resumed their relationship.
“Carrie was a special, wonderful girl,” he wrote. “It’s too soon.”
"Yesterday was a horrible day. Carrie was a special, wonderful girl. It's too soon."
— Paul Simon (@PaulSimonMusic) December 28, 2016
Simon penned the songs “Heart and Bones” and “She Moves On” about his relationship with the Star Wars icon.
Fisher, who never remarried, wrote about her ex in Wishful Drinking, “If you can get Paul Simon to write a song about you, do it. Because he is so brilliant at it.”