Recently the former CEO of Disney, Michael Eisner, perpetuated the age old sexist trope that beautiful women can’t be funny:
“From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman,” he said. “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.
“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.”
In a world where women are told that their looks is their most important trait, of course it’s no surprise that some beautiful women have nothing else to offer other than their looks. That’s not women’s fault though. We also live in a world where women are placed into boxes. If you’re beautiful, you can’t also be smart and funny. If Eisner is so concerned about the lack of beautiful women with great personalities in the world, then he should use his platform and tell young women that who they are on the inside is vastly more important than how they look on the outside. But he has to start caring about women first.