If you’ve been reading through the many tributes to Carrie Fisher like we have, you may have come across some that at first might appear to be a little disrespectful.
Like this one, from Dael Kingsmill, tweeted soon after Fisher succumbed to a recent cardiac event on Tuesday at the age of 60.
I cannot believe that Carrie Fisher drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra. What a badass.
— Dael Kingsmill (@DailyDael) December 27, 2016
Before you start sending nasty messages to people like Dael, there’s something you should know: Carrie Fisher did indeed joke once that this was how she wanted to be remembered. And it’s all thanks – according to The Huffington Post – to George Lucas, Star Wars, and that iconic white dress from Star Wars: A New Hope.
In fact, Fisher shared the story behind the bra strangling in her 2008 book Wishful Drinking, which went on to be a popular one-woman show starring Fisher herself.
“Remember the white dress I wore all through that film? George came up to me the first day of filming, took one look at the dress, and said, ‘You can’t wear a bra under that dress.’
“‘OK, I’ll bite,’ I said. ‘Why?’ And he said: ‘Because … there’s no underwear in space.’
“He said it with such conviction. Like he had been to space and looked around and he didn’t see any bras or panties anywhere.
“He explained, ‘You go into space and you become weightless. Then your body expands but your bra doesn’t, so you get strangled by your own underwear.’
“I think that this would make for a fantastic obituary. I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”
To be honest, we’re not quite sure if what Lucas says is true – wearing underwear in space could result in your death. But it seems only right that we honor Ms. Fisher’s wishes and make it clear … Carrie Fisher left our world Tuesday, drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.
And we will miss her.
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