Steve Martin deleted a tweet intended to honor his longtime friend Carrie Fisher, who died Tuesday at 60, amidst a barrage of anger on social media and the internet.
On Tuesday, shortly after the actress died in a hospital after suffering a heart attack on a transatlantic flight Friday, Martin 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."
Here's Steve Martin's fine little tweet praising Carrie Fisher that some grumps pressured him to delete. pic.twitter.com/A1W5qYkdwI
Fisher had repeatedly spoken out against being a sex object and hated the gold slave bikini her character was forced to wear in "Return of the Jedi," which made her the center of numerous '80s teen boy fantasies.
Carrie Fisher's best red carpet moments
Carrie Fisher's best red carpet moments
Carrie Fisher during Carrie Fisher Sighting at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills - April 8, 1975 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1980: Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher circa 1980 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/IMAGES/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 16: Carrie Fisher attends Giorgio Armani Fashion Show on September 16, 1980 at the RCA Promenade in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Dr. Arnold Klein and Carrie Fisher (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1989: Brother and sister actors Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher pose for a portrait at an event in circa 1989 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maureen Donaldson/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Carrie Fisher during 5th Annual American Cinematheque Ball Honoring Ron Howard at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Gore Vidal and Carrie Fisher during New Yorker-Tina Brown All Movie Issue Party at Bel-Air Hotel in Bel-Air, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Carrie Fisher during Artists Rights Foundation Honors Steven Spielberg with 1995 John Huston Award at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Carrie Fisher during 'Stealing Beauty' Beverly Hills Premiere at Cecchi Gori Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 2: Actress Beverly D'Angelo, actress Carrie Fisher and actress Holly Hunter attend the Third Annual Premiere Women in Hollywood Luncheon on December 2, 1996 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Carrie Fisher and actress Sharon Stone attend the 'Star Wars' 20th Anniversary Screening on January 18, 1997 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
384639 01: 6/8/98 Westwood, CA. Carrie Fisher at the premiere of 'Six Days, Seven Nights.' (Photo by Brenda Chase/Liaison)
Carrie Fisher during 22nd Annual Women In Film Crystal Awards - June 19, 1998 at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) Carrie Fisher arrives. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Arrival of Carrie Fisher with her daughter. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Cindy Crawford, Earwin 'Magic' Johnson and Carrie Fisher. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Paul Mazursky & Carrie Fisher during Center to Prevent Handgun Violence Dinner at Pickford Estate in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Carrie Fisher during American Film Institute Honors Harrison Ford with 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Carrie Fisher during 11th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Actress Carrie Fisher and Producer David Geffen attend the Beverly Hills Premiere of 'A Time to Kill' on July 9, 1996 at Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Carrie Fisher (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Carrie Fisher during amfAR's 'Honoring With Pride' Benefit at Chelsea Piers in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Carrie Fisher during Cirque du Soleil Presents Its Latest Touring Production, 'Varekai' at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 20: Actor and author, Carrie Fisher attends the 38th Annual City of Lights Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 20, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. Actor Carrie Fisher was honored at the event. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images).
Pell James and Carrie Fisher during 'Undiscovered' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for LIONSGATE)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 1: Actress Carrie Fisher arrives at the Geffen Playhouse for Backstage at the Geffen Playhouse's Annual Gala featuring a star-studded lineup of celebrity performers and VIP guests celebrating the Geffen's past and present in the newly renovated Geffen Playhouse on May 1, 2006 in Westwood, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 1: Actress Carrie Fisher (R) embraces her mother Debbie Reynolds while walking down the red carpet to participate in 'Jane. Well Done. A Celebrity Roast of Jane Fonda' event at the Georgia Aquarium, June 1, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia. The event benefits the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. (Photo by Erik Lesser/Getty Images)
STUDIO CITY, CA - AUGUST 13: Actress Carrie Fisher arrives at the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner held at CBS Radford Studios on August 13, 2006 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Carrie Fisher (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 18: Author Nikki Grimes attends Pajama Program's Obama Pajama Party Inauguration Charity Ball to Benefit Children in Need at Ronald Reagan Building on January 18, 2009 in Washington , D.C. (Photo by Ilya Dreyvitser/WireImage for Pajama Program)
Carrie Fisher arrives for the 'Wishful Drinking' - Los Angeles Premiere at Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Study on December 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Actress Carrie Fisher (R) arrives to the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Hall Pass' on February 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Carrie Fisher attends the 2011 Silver Hill Hospital gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 3, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 16: Actress Carrie Fisher speaks onstage during the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. 23774_001_2260.JPG (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 14: (L-R) Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds attend the all-star gala and press preview of Profiles in History's Debbie Reynolds-The Auction Finale at Debbie Reynolds's Dance Studio on May 14, 2014 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Actress Carrie Fisher attends the Midnight Mission's 100 year anniversary Golden Heart Gala held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on September 30, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Honoree Debbie Reynolds (L) and actress Carrie Fisher pose in the press room at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Actress Carrie Fisher attends the US-Ireland Alliance Pre-Academy Awards Honors event at Bad Robot on February 19, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Carrie Fisher attends the 7th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Carrie Fisher attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at Leicester Square on December 16, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Carrie Fisher and her dog Gary attend the 'Mademoiselle (Agassi/The Handmaiden)') Premiere at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Actress Carrie Fisher attends the 54th New York Film Festival 'Bright Lights' screening at Alice Tully Hall on October 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/FilmMagic)
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In light of that, Martin's tweet, which touched on Fisher's appearance in a way many found inappropriate or even sexist, crediting her for being "witty and bright" as somewhat of an afterthought to her appearance sparked plenty of backlash.
New York Magazine even published an entire post critical of Martin's tweet, originally headlined "Steve Martin, This Is a Bad Tribute to Carrie Fisher."
I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!
I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn't. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.
I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.
Fuck this year. Fuck this whole sick, worthless cruel prank of a year. #RIPCarrieFisher
Hail Hail! A genius has vacated this realm-RIP Carrie Fisher.
No. No. Fuck this shit. Carrie Fisher is a fucking legend and this is bullshit.
Love you @carrieffisher https://t.co/RS57icVPdT
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.
May the force be with the incredibly talented Carrie Fisher. She will be missed. #RIP https://t.co/N9ZSQhKEOM
Carrie Fisher "Ugh,will everybody stop all of this?"
Us "no, let us gush, you just have to take it"
Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.
Carrie Fisher has passed, she was funnier&smarter than anyone had the right to be. Sail On Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie
We just lost a great ally for mental health and addiction. Be strong, be as strong as she'd want you to be. Rest in… https://t.co/kLdvwNyjsS
Carrie Fisher. Cannot believe that you're 'gone'. Funny funny and then some. 💔💔XXX https://t.co/DV6GQC1lcx
Numb. Unbelievable that such a bright funny loving spark could be extinguished. @carrieffisher you will be missed. I wish you peace.
Carrie Fisher. RIP. What a talent. What a year. https://t.co/yEFfv2GN6K
She was the brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew. A crushing blow to lose @carrieffisher
I'm sitting in stunned silence learning of the death of #CarrieFisher. In what has been a particularly sad year this may be the hardest. RIP
What a woman #CarrieFisher https://t.co/lt4w6AFwp0
I can't believe Carrie Fisher's gone. Heart goes out to her family. Terrible. Fuck 2016.
But she's our princess.
RIP Carrie Fisher https://t.co/gbcZM1zvHO
Carrie Fisher did more to combat mental health stigma by being open about her struggles with bipolar and addiction than did most politicians
So so sad to hear about the death of Carrie Fisher. 2016 has taught us one hell of a lesson.. don't take anyone for granted! Hurry up 2017!!
Carrie Fisher was the perfect reminder of what cool things can happen when you allow mental illness to inspire instead of repress.
I have no words. RIP Carrie Fisher.
Carrie Fisher you were a force throughout your life. And went away too soon dammit. RIP. And 2016 you suck.
Such a sad day for her family, friends and millions of fans. Carrie Fisher is deeply missed.
Incredibly sad to hear that we lost Carrie Fisher. She shared her life's triumphs and struggles with the world. I think that is heroic.
Carrie Fisher was one of the coolest women I had the pleasure of meeting.
Too many good people dying way too young.
I love Princess Leia...I love Carrie Fisher's humor, wit & honesty even more. #RIP
May the Force be with you always, Princess Leia. Rest in Peace, Carrie Fisher. https://t.co/KJpkp5RYMU
"There is no room for demons, when you're already self-possessed." -Carrie Fisher
Sweet, Brilliant, Irreverent, Huge hearted Carrie, You gave me advice I live by to this day, & always will. On the wings of angels fly...❤️
Well, 2016. Aren't you just a swift kick in the nuts. Carrie Fisher was a legend and a role model on how to speak your mind. What a loss.
#CarrieFisher was so witty and provocative and unrelentingly interesting. Goddamn, I loved her. Everyone did.
2016 is killing me. So sad in one week losing two greats. First George Michael now Carrie fisher. So sad. I just can't 😭😭😭! Rip both of you
From the same @WebMD Q&A w/ Carrie Fisher, a funny & gifted writer...on fixing bad scripts. https://t.co/TyLBiEiczE https://t.co/70J9CPtbJw
R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. A brilliantly funny, talented woman. We will miss your humor now more than ever.
RIP Carrie Fisher.
R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. Seeing her again on talk shows was such a thrill. So hilarious & fearless when she was being herself.
RIP Carrie Fisher. May the Force always be with you, Princess Leia.
Carrie Fisher dedicated her platform to mental health awareness & female empowerment. She is a reason + reminder to keep up your fight. RIP
Before Carrie Fisher, "Princess" was a condescension. She made it stand for strength, class, brains, wit & fire. RIP everyone's 1st crush.
No words. We love you @carrieffisher forever our Princess. May God bless you as richly as you blessed us… https://t.co/5EmQkvaxtp
I met Carrie Fisher at a premiere once. She was kind and gracious, had her daughter with her.
Carrie was my friend. It took me three series but I got her in the end. She was the most generous, fun, gifted, smart, kind, funny funny funny person I've ever met. She certainly wasn't ready to go. I'm so glad we became pals. I'm so devastated at her loss. I want to write about her more but I can't process yet.
Not Carrie Fisher. Just. Not. Carrie Fisher.
NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Not Carrie Fisher!!!!!! Damn!!!!!!! 💔😪😪🙏🏼for her family & friends (oh Ms Debbie Reynolds so sorry) #RIPCarrieFisher
Thoughts & prayers for #CarrieFisher 's friends & family. We've lost another icon. Hoping 2017 will be a better year for everyone.
Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you @carrieffisher