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Carrie Fisher addresses haters: ‘Youth and beauty are not accomplishments’

Carrie Fisher, who reprised her role as Princess-turned-General Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the franchise’s latest installment, has received a lot of recent criticism online for her appearance. And she’s decided to speak out on the matter.

The 59-year-old actress took to Twitter to address the situation. “Please stop debating about whetherOR not (I’ve) aged well.unfortunately it hurts all3 of my feelings.My BODY hasnt aged as well as I have.Blow us,” she wrote.

The actress also retweeted some harsh and some supportive comments about her appearance, including one that said, “Men don’t age better than women, they’re just allowed to age.” Another included an image mimicking the Star Wars marquee reading, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Someone else might have given a (expletive).”

Additionally, she wrote, “Youth and beauty are not accomplishments,” adding that they are temporary byproducts of time and DNA.

Fisher has publicly battled mental problems, addiction and weight gain, which all stood at the heart of her 2009 stage show Wishful Drinking. She has also spoken against any expectations that her appearance should remain the same as it was when she graced screens as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars. 

On the red carpet at the film’s premiere, she joked that she had to speak to her younger self for research, according to The New York Times. And her younger self was one who “was very busy partying and making sure that I look” awful later in life.

This is not the first time that Fisher has spoken out about her appearance. Before the release of the The Force Awakens, Fisher told Good Morning America that she had to lose weight for the film. However, she thinks it is a “stupid conversation.”

She also told Good Housekeeping that she was “pressured” to lose 35 pounds for the film. “They don’t want to hire all of me–only about three-quarters!” she said. “Nothing changes, 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. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.”

How is all of this criticism fair anyway?

Sure, when she appeared in Return of the Jedi in nothing more than a gold bikini, she became the star many teens wanted to be or be with. But that was more than 30 years ago. She was 19 people. Cut her some slack!

About Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer
Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com