CBS News- In this season of summer blockbusters, women are stealing the show and bringing in the crowds.
That's why comments made by Hollywood titan and former Disney CEO Michael Eisner are drawing criticism. In a conversation with Oscar-winning actress Goldie Hawn in Aspen last week, Eisner said he thought the secret to Hawn's successful career is her rare combination of looks and comic talent.
"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," Eisner said.
Catherine Rampell, an opinion writer for the Washington Post, said Eisner's comments were out of tune with the comedy landscape of 2015.
"Tina Fey -- beautiful woman. Sofia Vergara -- bombshell. Sarah Silverman -- very hot -- a lot of her comedy is about that very fact. The list goes on and on; there are a lot of women who meet both criteria of being very funny and also quite easy on the eyes," Rampell said.
You want to know how the words of Michael Eisner are true? Look no further than the rebuttal from Catherine Rampell to prove just that. She had the entire comedy industry at her disposal and her best examples of beautiful, funny women were Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, and Sofia FUCKING Vergara. Let me break this down for you Catherine. Tina Fey and Sarah Silverman are attractive woman whose desirability is enhanced by the fact that they are funny. They aren't classically beautiful. The way I read it is that we are talking about women that can get noticed just by walking in a room without opening their mouth and neither of those women fit that criteria. In fact, the only person she mentioned that does fit that criteria is Sofia Vergara and she's not funny. Sofia Vergara is a smoking hot woman, with a super sexy accent, on a television show that features a dozen comedians. The only reason she is funny is because she is a product of her surroundings on a sitcom that is written to make people laugh. You know why Amy Schumer is gaining such a ridiculous amount of notoriety lately? Because the bar for attractiveness amongst funny women is set pretty low. Hell, listen to her do standup for 10 minutes and she, herself, will tell you just that.
That's not to say that attractive actresses aren't talented. However, generally speaking, they just aren't all that funny. There's no shame in that. You can't have it all. Hot people don't have to be funny. Being funny is fucking exhausting. If you could get a job based solely on your looks why the hell would you concern yourself with making people laugh? Hell, if I could get laid based solely off my looks I wouldn't even bother engaging in witty banter. There is a lot of pressure that comes with constantly being 'on'. Of course I would rather just sit there and look pretty. Who the hell wouldn't? If you want the funny hot chick then write her into the script. Hell, if you want the funny hot guy then write him into the script. There is a tangible amount of self loathing in people that are truly comedic. Hot people don't hate themselves. Why would they? All they have to do is wake up and look in the mirror and they are already having a great day. They haven't been fighting an uphill battle one joke at a time for their entire lives, and no one expects them too. Saying that attractive female artists aren't funny is only more true than saying that attractive male artists aren't funny because men are naturally funnier. You can at least let us have that ladies. At the end of the day, there is a very real inverse correlation between looks and sense of humor, whether a bunch of pissed off feminists want to admit it or not.