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Carrie Fisher Taught Us How to Handle Age Shamers

In honor of Carrie Fisher, who died at age 60 of a heart attack on December 27, 2016, we’re reposting this — exactly a year after Fisher went on an anti-ageism tweet storm.

[December 31, 2015] If you’re a Star Wars fan, you already know who Carrie Fisher is. If not, and you haven’t caught any of her recent TV or magazine interviews, check her out on Wikipedia or get the boiled down version here (fans, you can skip this): Fisher is a sharp and funny actress and writer who became famous as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Thirty-eight years later, and closing in on 60, Fisher is General Leia in the hit sequel “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which was released earlier this month.

And that’s made some people very unhappy. Wrinkles? OMG!

Here’s what one fan tweeted (and Fisher retweeted):

Most stars don’t manage their own Twitter accounts. Fisher does (with help from her pooch, Gary). And she’s having a blast with it, throwing dynamic, 140-character tweetbombs at all the Surfer Joes of the world and anyone else who suggests that there’s something wrong with a woman growing older and looking a little different than their 19-year-old selves — including a NY Post critic who suggested that if she doesn’t like being judged for her looks, she should quit acting.

She’s also retweeting her fans’ best comebacks.

If you’ve ever wondered how to handle age-shamers, learn from Fisher!

Lesson #1

 

Lesson #2

 

Lesson #3

And this brilliant lesson:

Lesson #4

RIP Carrie Fisher — may your lessons continue to resonate

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