In an interview promoting her blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Carrie “Princess Leia” Fisher told Good Housekeeping UK that Disney had expressed dismay over her current weight during the film’s casting process. “They didn’t want to hire all of me — only about three-quarters!” the actress stated. “Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. 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.”
Newsflash, Carrie Fisher: if you don’t like being judged on your looks as you continue to pursue a career in the public eye, then you and I are very similar! I too hate being judged by my looks. It makes me feel small and sad. Granted, I’m a 30-year-old man and Carrie Fisher is a 59-year-old woman, but the facts remain the same: we are very much alike when it comes to our distaste for others voicing any opinion on our bodies whatsoever!
Sure, Carrie Fisher is only 5′1″ and of indeterminate weight while I am 6′4″ and have weighed as much as 300lbs in my life, but that doesn’t make her statements confirming Hollywood’s commodification of women’s bodies both onscreen and off any less relatable. Just because Carrie Fisher has made public her struggles with substance abuse in several acclaimed novels and was briefly married to Paul Simon while I write wiener jokes for a living does not mean that we are different!
Ms. Fisher’s comments only reinforce what we all know already: that the private lives of celebrities should remain juicy little tidbits for me alone to identify with and comment on from the safe anonymity of a computer screen. At the end of the day, Carrie Fisher should be thankful that they didn’t kill Princess Leia off entirely in Star Wars: The Force Awakens like they did Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, the only other old person in the movie. Now she gets to make another movie!