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.

Though Martin did cave and eventually removed the tweet, some people thought the tribute was “sweet” and a “compliment” to Fisher’s legacy.

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.”

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.”

David Smyrl


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