Are you beautiful and funny? Former Disney CEO doesn’t think so.
From a company which has built an empire out of letting small girls imagine that they can be princesses imbued with beauty and wisdom comes the insight that it is almost impossible to be a woman who is beautiful and funny.
This “fact” was shared by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner in a conversation with Goldie Hawn at the Aspen Ideas Festival, as he was trying to explain why her career was so successful.
“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.”
From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman.
And true to his words his comment did make it online and the backlash began swiftly.
Goldie Hawn, possibly sensing the potential explosiveness of the comment, said that she felt she was only funny because she considered herself “an ugly duckling” when she was young. She felt her comedic talents came as a result of dealing with that.
But instead of letting it rest there, Eisner dug himself even deeper.
“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.”
Given that it’s almost impossible to find a CEO who is handsome and funny at the same time we can only assume that Eisner was joking.
To help Mr Eisner get his head around the whole funny beautiful woman thing, we’ve compiled a list of 16 as an example.