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For Those Not Stricken with 'Star Wars' Fever, Carrie Fisher’s Dog Is Sweet Relief

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The cast of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' are guests on 'Good Morning America,' 12/3/15, airing on the ABC Television Network.  (Photo: Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)

Anybody else out there done with goddamn Star Wars? As a person who works in media, I can’t wait for this blip in our collective attention span to fizzle out. For the past year I’ve been inundated with clickbait content about a frickin’ movie, many of these so-called stories concentrated on mind-numbingly banal details that are barely even related to the film -- be it the fact that Joseph Gordon-Levitt dressed as Yoda for the Hollywood premiere or that someone made video parodies that referenced the failed 1978 Star Wars special.

(Personally, my favorite stories have been those that ponder the question of what to do if Star Wars: The Force Awakens sucks. There’s even a helpful guide and a Facebook page for those planning to riot if this comes true*.)


Yes, we’re almost at the obsession’s peak -- when everybody and their mom reviews it, be it on a blog or to a coworker in the staff kitchen -- and freedom is on the horizon. But before we let it become a distant pop-culture memory, let's take a moment to note that this deluge of media has had a bright spot, and its name is Gary Fisher.

No, not the mountain biking guy. I’m talking about Carrie Fisher’s dog, a black French bulldog with the face of an angel -- a big, dumb, so sweet-you-want-to-eat-it angel.


Fisher’s return as Princess Leia appears to mean little to her, and she’s used the required press tour to showcase her quick wit and #IDGAF attitude. Though highlights like her smackdown of Mario Lopez have been fun, the crown jewels in this blitzkrieg of media dominance have been those times when she put little Gary next to her on stage -- in his own seat, of course -- and let loose that drunk-and-sassy-aunt mouth while the pup stared on, showing no sign of recognizing the television ambrosia being created around him.

Being that it’s the 21st century, these star-powered appearances on Good Morning America and Live with Kelly and Michael led to social media accounts being created for the dog almost instantly. Gary now has a Twitter page and an Instagram account. Yet the best image to come out of the massive waterfall of Star Wars diarrhea came from Carrie's personal Twitter account, and it features her, her superstar companion, and her former slave master (no, not George Lucas).

*Yes, I know this is a joke page.

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