The importance of Carrie Fisher
When I was a little girl I wasn't into Disney princesses or just Barbie dolls; my weirdness was evident and wanted to be more than a monarch that needed to be rescued, and that's when I met Princess Leia. While I loved Star Wars as a movie, Leia filled my life with female empowerment, my first true feminist icon. And to love Leia was to fall in love with Carrie.
Carrie was witty and real, she embraced her weirdness, her mental health issues and talked about real issues with the grace of an ambassador, a general and a Jedi. She had a drive to create and to live art while being extremely honest in a world where women are often asked to be quiet and polite. Unapologetically unique and fiercely outspoken about things that matter. Carrie changed the way we see princesses because she didn't need any rescuing herself.
To see her talking about how ageism affected her career or how she struggled with her bipolar disorder in such an honest way is empowering, she embodies all the characteristics of a fighter, a general: courageous, intense, ferocious yet feminine, she was my first icon, the role model. Girls are often told that we can be whoever we want, she showed it. The one who could rock two buns, and a producer of work worthy of admiration.
I'm sad because this year has been hard, it has taken a few of my favorite artists and creators, but this was a low blow. My inner child cried a little this morning, my adult self couldn't get her shit together but, I will tell that Carrie went back to the Galaxy after a successful life as a feminist icon, drowned in moonlight strangled by her own bra.
Today, the world is a little poorer, without Carrie giving the middle finger but asking us to keep our hopes up.
Thank you, Carrie, and may the Force be with you always.