[12/31/16] Most of us wouldn’t criticize a man mourning a friend, but most of us aren’t the politically correct thought police. Never shy about crashing a party — or a funeral — they reared their heads again when comedian Steve Martin paid tribute to his friend Carrie Fisher, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 60.
Martin’s trespass was to send a tweet stating, “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.” The reaction was swift.
What a pig!
What nonsense, I say. The 71-year-old Martin quickly deleted his tweet, giving the thought police another victory. Perhaps he doesn’t know the difference between critics and box office, as most people simply aren’t offended by what Toronto Sun columnist Mark Bonokoski called “pointing out the obvious.”
“If Carrie Fisher had looked like Jabba the Hutt, she would never have been Princess Leia,” Bonokoski wrote, referring to the iconic character she famously played in the Star Wars series. And while critics have admonished Martin to be “better than Jabba the Hutt” — the Star Wars villain who once reduced Leia to scantily-clad sex-slave status — they perhaps should be better than Jabba’sobsequious, mind-numbed little court-jester-like sidekick and not kowtow to evil.
The Metro’s Mark Newbold touched on the truth when noting about Fisher, “To much of the planet, her looks appeared first.”
Actually, though, it’s generally the case that a person’s looks appear to us first; this is why, whether it’s Martin or someone else, looks are often what a person will mention first. For example, it’s not uncommon to hear, let’s say, when speaking of someone such as late wrestler Andre the Giant, “He was a huge, scary looking guy — but he was actually a smart, gentle fellow.” Or we might say about a little kid, “He’s a wee lad, but, boy, is he strong!” And what of saying of an elderly gentleman, “He’s 89 and looks every bit of it, but he’s as sharp as a whip”? Are we “objectifying” these people? Or just being normal?