Entry 618: Quickies IV–Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds Edition

Often I come across stories about which I have a few snide comments, but not enough for a full post. So every once in awhile, I collect them for a Quickies post. In the wake of the dual deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds this week, the idiocy was fast and furious.
Upon Fisher’s death, Paul Simon tweeted, “Yesterday was a horrible day. Carrie was a special, wonderful girl. It’s too soon.” “Special, wonderful girl” Paul? Seems like an odd phrase to describe a 60-year-old woman, not to mention your ex-wife.
There were, of course, many celebrity tweets when Debbie Reynolds died, including messages from all the Hollywood stars you’d expect to hear from. You know, like the boy band One Republic, which managed to huddle up, get all their brains working together, and tweet “RIP Debbie Reynolds.” They added an emoji which, unless you blow it up, resembles a banana in a suit.
Not to be outdone, former Superman and semi-celebrity Dean Cain came up with this touching tribute. What he lacked in emojis he made up for in hash tags.>>>
Just as Debbie Reynolds was being rushed to the hospital, the web’s best news source, TMZ, scooped the world with a photo of Carrie Fisher’s daughter being “comforted” by Taylor Lautner. This sensitive coverage was accompanied on the same screen by this heart-warming story: “J Lo vs. Rihanna: Who’d You Rather?”

You know the people who write Internet teasers are losing their touch when you see headlines like “Biggest loser of 2016” and “Carrie Fisher’s best roles.” Those are links that don’t really need to be clicked on.

c2f7c17f2d99cafa28864c5a3e60c89e1I had no idea that there was once a Debbie Reynolds Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It only lasted about six years, possibly because one of the recurring headline acts in its showroom was Rip Taylor, a comic known primarily for throwing confetti at his audience.
Carrie wrote this about her affair with Harrison Ford: “It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend.” There was also a wild night in Vegas with Chewbacca.
Speaking of Harrison Ford, it should be pointed out that his career now seems to consist mostly of reappearing in his iconic roles. First there was Star Wars: Episode VII. This workinggirl2year, he’ll be appearing in Blade Runner: 2049. And he’ll soon be filming a new Indiana Jones movie. It’s only a matter of time until we see him in this>>

When Reynolds passed, her son said, “She wanted to be with Carrie.”  How does he know?  Maybe they both had the sudden urge to be with Eddie Fisher.

Steve Martin tweeted this about Carrie: “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.”

To which other people chimed in with comments like:

“Seriously @SteveMartinToGo quit being such a jerk for thinking Carrie Fisher was beautiful and saying so on the occasion of her death…” SarahLee @sarailola

Martin received so much backlash about it that he deleted the tweet so that nobody–martinespecially part-time bloggers who don’t even know how Twitter works–could ever see it or copy it into their blog posts.

Of course, this in turn, garnered responses like this one from a person who calls himself Bloated Carcass: “I’m going to be pissed off all day because people bullied Steve Martin into deleting a tweet about his friend, Carrie Fisher.”

Well said, Bloated. But this all raises a question for me: Doesn’t anybody have an actual job anymore?
I kind of feel bad for George S. Irving. The guy starred in 26 Broadway shows (including Irene, opposite Debbie Reynolds) and was a Tony Award winner, yet hardly anyone will know he died this week, too.
I also sort of feel sorry for the people who have to work on that short “People We Lost” film they always show at the Academy Awards. They probably figured they were done before Christmas. Now they not only have to edit in Fisher and Reynolds, they have to discuss whether George Michael belongs in the piece.
Fans of Carrie created a makeshift star for her on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Yes, that’s starright: Carrie Fisher did not have a star. The New Kids on the Block have a star. The aforementioned Rip Taylor has a star. Judge Friggin’ Judy has a star. Even Rin Tin Tin has a star. But Carrie Fisher doesn’t have a star.

It might have something to do with the formal process for getting a star: you have to agree to be nominated by someone else, then cough up $30,000 to cover maintenance fees and the costs of the ceremony. So basically, anyone with a friend and 30 grand can get a star on the Walk of Fame.

It kind of makes you love Carrie Fisher even more that she never bothered to get one.

Although you do have to wonder how Shrek came up with $30,000.

See you soon.

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