Speaking with Goldie Hawn at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Michael Eisner, the polarizing former Disney CEO, made some ill-considered remarks regarding women. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 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.”
Whatever possessed Eisner, who is neither funny nor beautiful, to make these inane remarks is unknown. Hawn pointed out that she’s funny, but she doesn’t consider herself beautiful, hence her success. The joke was lost on Eisner, however, as 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. 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.
Well, Eisner got one idea right in Aspen: He’s going to get in trouble for this.