Carrie Fisher has blasted nasty Star Wars body shamers on Twitter.

The actor and writer says her male co-stars from the original trilogy have faced little criticism on social media for their appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Carrie Fisher has hit out at people who commented on her appearance in the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. On 29 December, the 59-year-old actor tweeted that social media trolls should focus on more meaningful aspects of her return to the role of Leia Organa – now a general – for the first time since Return of the Jedi in 1983.

“Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, it hurts all three of my feelings. My body hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us.”

Later Fisher added: “Youth and beauty are not accomplishments, they’re the temporary happy by-products of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either.”

Fisher also retweeted Twitter comments about her, including some that said her male co-stars from the original Star Wars trilogy, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, had faced fewer comments about their appearance in The Force Awakens. Others fired abusive barbs or told the actor that, as a public figure, she should be prepared for negative comments on social media.

Earlier this month, Fisher said she felt pressured to lose weight in order to reprise her role as Organa. The writer and comic said she felt obliged to lose 16kg (2st 7lb), and said the film industry “treats beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane”.

Since the comments began earlier today, #CarrieFisherAgedWithGrace has been trending heavily on Twitter…

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