Comedic actor Steve Martin is facing online backlash for tweeting a tribute to actress Carrie Fisher, who died on Tuesday.
He reportedly tweeted: “When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.”
After some time, Martin deleted the tweet, according to Mediaite.
Some charged that the tweet was sexist in nature. New York Magazine, in particular, described it as “extremely bad.” “So remember Fisher for her immense talent, her outspoken feminism, and her moving commentary on mental health—not for the way she looked onscreen,” New York Magazine’s Claire Landsbaum wrote.
Here’s Steve Martin’s fine little tweet praising Carrie Fisher that some grumps pressured him to delete. pic.twitter.com/A1W5qYkdwI
— Capitalics (@Capitalics) December 28, 2016
At the same time, Landsbaum received backlash herself for writing the article—with some describing it as “humorless.” “Ridiculous and pointless shaming of Steve Martin. This is why we lost the election,” wrote one person in the comments section.
Steve Martin’s tweet about Carrie Fisher is extremely bad https://t.co/if7QV6Ow3b
— The Cut (@TheCut) December 27, 2016
On Twitter, a number of people came to Martin’s defense, saying his tweet was fine.
Fisher died at the age of 60 at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. She reportedly suffered a massive heart attack on a plane before she was rushed to the hospital on Friday.
Other Hollywood stars remembered her fondly.
“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.”—William Shatner, Twitter.
“Oh no we lost Carrie Fisher too. She was so funny and full of life. Rip. Condolences to her family and friends. We’ll miss her too.”—Cyndi Lauper, via Twitter
Oh no we lost Carrie Fisher too. She was so funny and full of life. Rip. Condolences to her family and friends. We’ll miss her too.
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) December 27, 2016
“Carrie Fisher didn’t make it. I am so terribly sorry, and send my sincere condolences to her family, friends and fans all around the world.”—Bette Midler, via Twitter.
Carrie Fisher didn’t make it. I am so terribly sorry, and send my sincere condolences to her family, friends and fans all around the world.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 27, 2016
“RIP Carrie Fisher. Thank you for bringing a forceful space princess to our galaxy and for breaking stereotypes on and off the screen.”—Adrien Grenier, via Twitter
“no words #Devastated”—Mark Hamill, via Twitter
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016
“Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence. Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally. She will be sorely missed, and we join millions of fans and friends around the world who mourn her loss today.” Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company, in a statement
The Associated Press contributed to this report