Comedian Steve Martin came under fire for his comments following the death Tuesday of Carrie Fisher, with some social media users calling his tribute sexist. Time magazine reports that Martin later deleted the tweet that caused the backlash.
Martin’s tweet read: “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.”
An article in New York Magazine addressed the dustup over Martin’s post, and may have helped fuel the controversy. Writer Claire Landsbaum noted in the piece that Fisher resisted being pigeonholed as a sex symbol in the years since she appeared in a gold bikini in “Return of the Jedi.”
“That characterization of Leia — as a wet dream for prepubescent men — is something Fisher spoke out against her whole career,” Landsbaum wrote.
Time notes that many Twitter users responded to the backlash with comments in support of Martin’s tweet. One user wrote: “If this from Steve Martin triggers you, you are addicted to outrage and need help. Do you really think Carrie Fisher would be offended?”