Every now and then, someone comes along who calls society on its B.S. These people aren't afraid to stand up for themselves in a very public way. It helps if those people are highly-respected celebrities...like this woman:
As Carrie Fisher said, she did something no famous actress is allowed to do. She got older. Over the years, she has dealt with a constant stream of comments to the effect of, "What happened to her? She was so beautiful in the Star Wars movies." Basically, she was supposed to look like this until she turned 100 and died.
Recently Carrie was forced to lose weight to appear in the most recent Star Wars movie. She was thin, but it still wasn't enough. Fans were shocked that the 59-year-old actress looked like this:
Of course, nobody really cared that Harrison Ford now looks like this:
And Mark Hamill looks like this:
It was all about Princess Leia. The big difference between Carrie Fisher and most other actresses who were popular in the 70s is that she's remained in the spotlight. She's done so because she's one smart, talented woman. She writes and produces and measures a person's worth by far more than the way they look.
Unfortunately, many others aren't that way. After dealing with weeks of commentary on Twitter, Carrie Fisher finally spoke up in late December. She tweeted:
In later days she added that her body is her brain bag. It carries her around to where she needs to go. She's a talented, accomplished person who happens to allow herself to be photographed and filmed occasionally. But mostly, she's just amazing. Which makes this meme, posted by one of her fans in response to one of her tweets, all that much more powerful:
Do you think society is too judgmental about our aging celebrities?