‘Star Wars’ actress Carrie Fisher hits out at online trolls

Princess Leia star takes to Twitter to slam body shaming comments

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has hit out at online trolls who have criticised her appearance in Episode VII.

The actress and screenwriter recently reprised her iconic role as Princess Leia in JJ Abrams’ film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, joined by fellow original leads Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. The trio last played their classic parts in 1983’s Return Of The Jedi.

The star has today (December 30) taken to Twitter after comments were posted about her age. She wrote: “Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well. Unfortunately, it hurts all three of my feelings. My body hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us.”

She added: “Youth and beauty are not accomplishments, they’re the temporary happy by-products of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either.”

Fisher also retweeted a series of comments about her, including some that said her male co-stars from the original trilogy, had faced fewer comments about their appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Others fired abusive comments or told the actor that, as a public figure, she should be prepared for negative comments on social media.

Earlier this month, the actress revealed that she was urged to lose weight for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher said, adding that she was pressured into shedding 35lb (16kg) for her return as Leia. 

“Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing,” She continued. “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.”