As if 2016 wasn’t a sh*tstorm enough, it had to go out with a bang and take a childhood feminist hero with it. Carrie Fisher was so much more than just Princess Leia from Star Wars. She was a hero to those who faced addiction and mental illness, and an ever sarcastic voice against he misogynistic plague on this nation.
However, it cannot be overlooked that the role that brought Fisher into all of our lives is probably her most memorable, and we need to remember that she’s wasn’t just a princess — she was a mother-f*cking badass General.
Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan became General Leia Organa. A woman who earned her stripes and is a metaphor for how female empowerment is far from over.
We all need to dust ourselves off from the horribleness of 2016, and march in 2017 in honor of all the brave feminists who came before us. We need to be General Organa.
It seems many on Twitter are behind this idea:
When I see Fisher as General Organa, I see a woman who has put up with so much shit from so many men and yet keeps showing up for them
— Anne Thériault (@anne_theriault) December 27, 2016
For those sharing images of Leia as a slave, the search term you are looking for is "General Organa." pic.twitter.com/zGSceDTzbO
— Jonathan McIntosh (@radicalbytes) December 27, 2016
I want to be Carrie Fisher when I grow up: strong, talented, unapologetically who she was, and inspiringly honest. R.I.P. General Organa.
— Caleigh Derreberry (@veryderreberry) December 27, 2016
Also, General Leia Organa, founder of the Resistance and leader in the Rebellion, is played by a woman who is 5'1".
— Alex Acks (@katsudonburi) December 13, 2016
These two profound tweets really sum everything up:
“May all women be like Carrie Fisher in 2017, by not giving a fuck what others think, creating brilliant work and calling out bullshit.”
May all women be like Carrie Fisher in 2017, by not giving a fuck what others think, creating brilliant work and calling out bullshit.
— Heather Matarazzo (@HeatherMatarazz) December 27, 2016
“Be Princess Leia in 2017.
Fight on the front lines. Strangle fascists with the chains they would have you wear. Be a motherfuckin’ general.”
Be Princess Leia in 2017.
Fight on the front lines. Strangle fascists with the chains they would have you wear. Be a motherfuckin' general.
— K O'Shea (@osheamobile) December 27, 2016
And don’t be a f*cking idiot and read that last tweet as literally strangling anyone. It is obviously a metaphor and an entirely accurate one.
We, as citizens of the United States, or hell, citizens of the entire world and galaxy, need to not be smacked down by how horrible things have become. We need to stand up and fight. Women need to all be our own version of General Organa — a woman who fought through a sea of male power to get where she needed to be and was damn good at her job.
We just witnessed one of the worst misogynists ever get elected as President of the United States. On top of that, Trump, and his bigoted minions, seek to turn back the clocks to a time when women were treated as objects to be controlled, minorities shoved under the bus, and everything run by the wealthy elite with an ideology entirely reminiscent of Fascism where freedom is lost at every turn.
So, let’s all be motherf*ckin’ generals in 2017 and fight back.
Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher. Your legacy of brilliance, wit and feminist badassery will never be forgotten.
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