On Saturday, January 21st, millions of concerned citizens gathered in solidarity for the Women’s March on Washington … and New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, London, Oslo, Chicago, Mentone, Alabama, Antartica, and so on and so forth.
At many of these marches, Carrie Fisher’s iconic Princess Leia was an unexpected symbol of resistance to Donald Trump’s proposed policies, with her face adorning posters and t-shirts bearing messages like “A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance.”
Thanks largely to these posters designed by artist Hayley Gilmore — who is not profiting from this, because sometimes human beings are just really, really good — Leia was all over the place in D.C. and beyond. It was a moving reminder that Fisher is gone, but her character’s ideals as well as her own will live on in likeminded, politically motivated women across the globe.
Apparently, Fisher’s costar Mark Hamill was as moved by the tributes as we were, as he tweeted a message of gratitude on Saturday night that still has us in tears Sunday morning.
“I know where she stood,” he wrote. You know where she stood. Such an honor to see her standing with you today.”
Hamill, whose work reading Trump’s tweets in the Joker’s voice is a gift we do not deserve, has been very open about his love for his long time costar, as well as the grief he’s feeling after her death on December 27th.
“It’s never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking,” he wrote in a public statement.
“Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all- whether she liked it or not. She was OUR Princess, damn it, & the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent & ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away. Determined & tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her & want her to succeed & be happy. She played such a crucial role in my professional & personal life, & both would have been far emptier without her. I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness & even the bratty, self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me through the years. Thanks Carrie. I love you, mh”
We already miss Fisher so, so much, but we’re so glad to see that her spirit is living on through her bold, intelligent, insanely heroic character — who, if you recall, stayed with the resistance decades after Luke Skywalker went into hiding and Han Solo ran away to steal stuff with Chewie again.