A high-powered Hollywood executive has deemed a woman who is both funny and beautiful “impossible to find”.
Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner aired his controversial theory during an onstage discussion with actress Goldie Hawn at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week.
“From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman. By far,” he told Hawn.
“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.”
According to The Atlantic, Hawn agreed her personality was influenced by her belief at an early age that she was “an ugly duckling”.
“You didn’t think you were beautiful,” Eisner concurred.
“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. 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.”
Unsurprisingly, Eisner’s comments have been met with some backlash online.
“Some times old men say stupid things when they need their diapers changed (I’m looking at YOU, Michael Eisner)” Bridesmaids actress Wendi McLendon-Covey posted on Twitter.
Others suggested comediennes like Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman as exceptions to Eisner’s proposed rule.
Eisner was the CEO of Disney from 1984 to 2005 and also worked at ABC and Paramount Pictures.