The former CEO of Disney has sparked a ferocious Twitter backlash after he told a festival in Aspen that funny, beautiful women were impossible to find in Hollywood.
In a discussion with actress Goldie Hawn about why she had been so successful, Michael Eisner said: “From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman. By far. They usually — boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online — but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny.”
Mr Eisner, who served as CEO at Disney from 1984 to 2005, was right about getting into trouble. But he went on.
“I know women who have been told they’re beautiful, they win Miss Arkansas, they don’t ever have to get attention other than with their looks,” he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“So they don’t tell a joke. In the history of the motion-picture business, the number of beautiful, really beautiful women — a Lucille Ball — that are funny, is impossible to find.”
His comments provoked outrage on Twitter.
Actress Mindy Kaling called the comments “pitiful”.
Beauty is rare, that’s why it is valued. Proper comedic timing is rare, that’s why it’s valued.
Possession of either is not correlated. Thus possession of both is extremely rare.
John Belushi (when off the coke) was a great comic. Handsome not so much. Discuss.