Carrie Fisher had a bizarre performance on a cruise ship after which she was hospitalized. TMZ has the exclusive video and I watched it expecting something horrifying, but it’s really just cringeworthy. It’s nothing like the bizarre meltdown Kanye just had during a live performance where at the end of his song he started screaming, over and over, and then violently threw his microphone on the floor, almost hitting the front row. THAT is something that I could believe would lead to a necessary hospitalization.
In the video, Ms. Fisher is cleaning up after her dog who just pooped onstage (and by cleaning up I mean she picks it up with a napkin and then throws it on a couch, saying, “Where else am I supposed to put it?”) and then starts singing. I’m not sure what the context is here; if she was expected to sing or if she was there to do a reading, or what. There’s no musical accompaniment. She’s singing a cappella swaying and stumbling around, forgetting lyrics, and then asks the audience what song they’d like to hear.
But it was apparently weird enough for her publicist to release this statement,
There was a medical incident related to Carrie Fisher’s bipolar disorder. She went to the hospital briefly to adjust her medication and is feeling much better now.
Okay, let me say something here. I realize that not everyone is the same when it comes to mental illness. There a varying degrees of how severe an illness is. There’s a bipolar spectrum; some are on the high end, some on the low end. But saying that because someone did a weird, seemingly spontaneous singing performance on a boat and blaming it on being bipolar makes no f-cking sense to me. Honestly, I think she’s just drunk. She’s singing on a boat and it’s a little embarrassing but she’s not having a major episode like when Britney Spears shaved her head. It seems like now we’re so quick to blame everything on mental illness, and I don’t like it.
I am keeping in mind though that I know NOTHING about her condition or her treatment, and it is entirely possible that this has something to do with being bipolar and maybe needing meds adjusted but I still think it’s bullshit. When you have a mental illness and you stop being happy for 2 seconds the first thing people ask is, “MAYBE YOU NEED YOUR MEDS ADJUSTED???” My theory is that she’s drunk and that’s not something her people want to admit, considering that she is a recovering alcoholic.
What do you think? (And by the way, I’d like to add that I know that Carrie Fisher is bipolar. I recommend her book Wishful Drinking to anyone. I know that she has a history of mental illness. I’m not saying that she isn’t bipolar, I’m saying that I’m annoyed that we’re using mental illness as a blanket excuse for any behavior that isn’t deemed “normal.”)
February 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
For a few month now, Carrie Fisher from Star Wars and William Shatner from Star Trek have been at each other’s throats. Shatner started it, then Fisher struck back by essentially calling Star Trek second-rate, but then Shatner got a little personal, bringing up Fisher’s weight. I guess that’s when George Takei, one of the world’s most glorious men and a man who has worked in both series, decided that he needed to defuse the situation.
Personally, I think George has a pretty solid point. After all, nobody’s going to back down in this fight and, well, Twilight IS really, really bad. What are your thoughts?
December 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm by Emily
Oh, these two crazy kidders.
earlier this last month when Carrie Fisher took William Shatner to task for a YouTube video he’d made? (Anyway, here it is again, and in it, Fisher presents a compelling argument that Star Wars was better than “Star Trek.”)
But now! William Shatner has struck back! In his response video, he teases Fisher for her recent weight loss. Then he argues that Star Wars only got by on its special effects, while “Star Trek” is more “hopeful.” Hmm!
The video is almost completely adorable, except for when Shatner insinuates that Fisher’s boobs are saggy, which is kind of a low (pun hardly intended!) blow. Still, Fisher’s last video was sorta asking for it.
Well? Who is winning this celebrity feud so far? (I love Fisher, but my money is all over Shatner.)
December 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm by Jenn
I admit that, lately, it’s been hard for me to look at Carrie Fisher directly: there is something so severe about her recent cosmetic enhancements. I don’t know. I guess she looks good? I guess? Maybe it just needs to “relax,” kind of like how a haircut doesn’t look good for a week or two.
Anyway, it’s a relief to know that the old bat is still in there somewhere. And here she is now, picking on poor William Shatner for no good reason. (Actually, that isn’t entirely true—she’s actually responding directly to a smack-talk video Shatner made in September.)
Carrie Fisher, insulting both Star Trek and William Shatner:
“Maybe they’re just, they’re ‘effects.’ They’re not called special effects.”
“Where do they go to? Klingon? It just sounds like a laundry detergent.”
“I have the metal bikini. By the way, Bill has borrowed it.”
“And he’s had a kidney stone, right?—get this!—that he sold for 75 thousand dollars. Now keep in mind, this is an item that one would have… it comes out of the person’s… what. Well, penis, ultimately! Yes! And that, to me, has never been something erotic. ‘Oh, is that out of William Shatner’s penis? Did it finally come out? Oh, great!’”
“Not that this is a big deal, but our merchandising is so much better. And my space buns—they’re so much better than Nimoy’s ears.”
In a fight between Star Wars and Star Trek, who would win? Weigh in!
November 16, 2011 at 5:30 am by Jenn
Today Show host Ann Curry asked Fisher what sparked her to slim down. Said Fisher: “The spark was that I weighed three million pounds. I couldn’t look in the mirror. I thought that was getting old. It turns out it was mostly getting fat.”
Video of the new, slimmer Carrie Fisher-bot is below.
August 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm by Jenn
“… My feeling about John has always been that we know [about his homosexuality] and we don’t care. Look, I’m sorry that he’s uncomfortable with it, and that’s all I can say. It only draws more attention to it when you make that kind of legal fuss. Just leave it be.”
Remember all those stories about John Travolta giving and receiving big old toothy beej to various men in health clubs and spas ’round the world? Apparently Carrie Fisher, a friend of Travolta’s, has come to his defense, and by ‘defense,’ I mean ‘inadvertent but definitive confirmation through assumption. ’
So, OK. I’m sure Travolta’s camp is super-pleased by this, but hey – maybe it’s not too late to retract that Christmas card to Carrie. I heard through the grapevine that Xenu himself has a master plan to orchestrate the general collapse of infrastructure including, but not limited to, the US Postal Service, so hey. They could make it happen. I guess.