Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Golden Kermit Award - Carrie Fisher

Right off, fuck you sideways, 2016.
Just fuck you. I can't even start to list all the reasons, but I'll cover this one while I have the window to do it:

Carrie Fisher is long overdue for a Golden Kermit, and I really hate that losing her was the prod to finally get the blog done that I meant to do back when Force Awakens came out.

She was so much more than the person who brought Leia to life, but that paved the way for the things she gave us.

She was one of the actresses that helped make "person" a noun and "female" an adjective for so many of us who were kids in the 70's and 80's who, in spite of Shirley Chisholm's election to Congress, Billie Jean King beating Bobby Riggs, and the numbers of women entering colleges and universities exceeding the number of male students, were still getting told over and over various versions of "men think things and do things, women are just pretty".

She had the stones to show a human, flawed face in an industry and culture where there is often little room or tolerance for less than perfection (or what passes for it), especially if you're a chick.

She ran her mental illness struggle up the flagpole and refused to reinforce social stigmas so other people with obstacles could see they weren't alone.

She managed to be tough and strong and able laugh at life and herself without it doing it at anyone else's expense.

She didn't just make millions of people happy over the last forty-odd years, she made millions of people feel okay to be themselves. I hope she truly knows that. And I hope the work she leaves behind will keep on accomplishing that.

May her Next Big Adventure be all she could want and then some (wish goes out)

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