Actor Steve Martin speaks at the podium of the 75th Annual Peabody Awards in New York city, USA May 21, 2016.
Steve Martin received clearance for a tribute he paid to Carrie Fisher on Twitter.
On Tuesday, the comic wrote in a since deleted tweet, “When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She appeared to be witty and bright.”
The Media and the fans immediately turned on, the comedian says Martin’s tweet had a sexist undertone.
@SarahAnnRhoades @TheCut I think she aspired to something higher than the https://t.co/R5qxdhADzj do you want to be remembered?
— Joe Bennett (@jbennett0121) 28 December 2016
Seriously @SteveMartinToGo shut down with a jerk to think Carrie Fisher was beautiful and say so, on the occasion of her death…
— SarahLee (@sarailola) 28 December 2016
Steve Martin’s tweet about Carrie Fisher is very bad https://t.co/if7QV6Ow3b
— The Cut (@TheCut) 27 December 2016
However, many fans came to Martin’s defense, to say the backlash over his tweet was called for the inclusion of a Twitter user screengrabbed the post.
Here is Steve Martin’s fine little tweet praising Carrie Fisher that some of the grumps put under pressure to remove him. pic.twitter.com/A1W5qYkdwI
— Capitalics (@Capitalics) 28 December 2016
I’m pissed off the whole day because people bullied Steve Martin in the removal of a tweet about his friend, Carrie Fisher.
— New Years ‘ Desolation (@BloatedCarcass) 28 December 2016
#SteveMartin tweet about #CarrieFisher
Am I missing something?
What is the squak about?
Sounded nice to me
— a very bad MOTHER (@GiglioMarilyn) 28 December 2016
If you are upset by Steve Martin’s tweet about Carrie Fisher, congratulations! You are officially addicted to outrage.
Now, to seek help.
— Peter Cook (@_Peter_Cook) 28 December 2016
Was Steve Martin’s tweet about Carrie Fisher offensive? Absolutely not. Not in the least.
— Ezinne (@nilegirl) 28 December 2016
A rep for Martin not immediately return FOX411’s request for comment.
Cinnabon also faced criticism for a tweet they sent saying “RIP Carrie Fisher, you’ll always have the best sandwiches in the galaxy.” They deleted their tweet.
— Michael O’brien (@Converge241) 27 December 2016
During her life, Fisher was outspoken about the rampant sexism and ageism in Hollywood. In 2015, the actress addressed critics who objectified her appearance.
Youth&BeautyR/NOT REACHED,theyre theTEMPORARY happy/BiProducts/Time, and/or DNA/Dont Hold yourBreath4either/ifUmust holdAir/takeGarys
— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) December 30, 2015