We have no time for sorrows, Commander.
We borrowed this article from VOX, I hope they forgive us. But Carrie Fisher, deserves the best of commentaries. After all, Star Wars is about the Force. The force of humanity, the elements, and science. And plenty of imagination. Maybe this is needed in today’s climate of anxiety.
Carrie Fisher died Tuesday, four days after suffering a heart attack on a plane flight. She was 60 years old. [Vox / Todd VanDerWerff]…..the Galaxy has gotten a new star. I hope NASA finds the time to honor the princess with naming one of the Galaxies after her. Since the debate is already going on, why not sending them a request to name a new star system after the actor.
Fisher wouldn’t be leading Vox Sentences today if she hadn’t played one of the most iconic characters in 20th-century pop culture: Star Wars‘ Princess (later General) Leia Organa, the heart of the Rebel Alliance. [Anne Theriault via Twitter]…but then she is. And yes, the bikini still does it for me.
But she wouldn’t be leading Vox Sentences if she were just Princess Leia, either. Fisher’s work as a writer is influential and underrated — from her work as a script doctor in movies like The Empire Strikes Back and The Wedding Singer… [The Mary Sue / Maddy Myers]..and more should be forthcoming recognizing her deep talent.
…to her autobiographical work of the past decade, which highlighted her struggles with mental illness — and turned her into an advocate for mental health awareness who managed to skip past “spokesperson” straight to “role model.” [Vox / Caroline Framke]… not enough and sadly mislabeled by society. Fisher teaches us the way forward.
Fisher never apologized for herself or her issues. Nor did she depict them as misunderstood virtues. As she told Rolling Stone in an interview a month before she died, “You don’t have to always be comfortable. You don’t have to like everything you do.” [Rolling Stone / Andy Greene]…life’s endless wisdom packaged in 68 (or so) characters without setting off a nuclear war, building walls, or piss off the planet.
Her toughness and funniness didn’t just allow her to come to terms with her own fame (and Leia’s). It made her an inspiration to generations of women (famous and less famous alike). [Interview / Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley]…Princess Fisher was a fighter for the woman’s cause without going overboard. Witty, pointy, and respectful. You can’t buy class.
It would be inappropriate, then, given Fisher’s insistence on speaking for herself, not to let her fix the script on her own obit. So here goes: Carrie Fisher died Tuesday, bathed in moonlight, strangled by her own bra. She was 60. [Vox / Alex Abad-Santos]…Hail the Rebellion, May The Force be With You. Rest in Peace, Princess Fisher.