Here’s one that might offend ladies of a “certain age”… and I include myself in that, for the record!
A French writer has been widely criticized after saying he would be “incapable” of loving a woman aged 50 or above. And just to make it even more ridiculous, the man is 50 himself.
The author Yann Moix told Marie Claire magazine he found women of that age “too old”. Being an author and all, he obviously has a way with words…
“I prefer younger women’s bodies, that’s all. End of. The body of a 25-year-old woman is extraordinary. The body of a woman of 50 is not extraordinary at all,” he said.
The comments have sparked an angry backlash on social media, as you might expect.
Marina Foïs, a French comedian, joked in a tweet that because she is about to turn 49 she only has “one year and 14 days” left to sleep with the author.
Another twitter user mocked him for his statement, saying women over 50 were likely “breathing a sigh of relief” at his comments.
Some women over 50 even posted images showing off their body confidence in protest.
Journalist Colombe Schneck posted a photograph of her butt with the caption: “Voila, the buttocks of a woman aged 52…what an imbecile you are, you don’t know what you’re missing…”
She later deleted the photo.
Anne Roumanoff, another French comic, criticized him on Europe 1 radio – pointing out romance was not “just about the firmness of the buttocks” but a connection between two people. Amen!
“I hope that one day he knows this happiness,” she added.
As you can probably gather, it was mostly women that he annoyed and offended with his words.
For those of you who didn’t know, Moix is a presenter, director and an award-winning writer, who has something of a track record in France for courting controversy with his comments.
His Marie Claire interview also drew criticism for statements he made regarding his preference for dating Asian women – which he specified as “Koreans, Chinese and Japanese” in particular.
“It’s perhaps sad and reductive for the women I go out with but the Asian type is sufficiently rich, large and infinite for me not to be ashamed,” he told the magazine.
I mean, you can’t say the man isn’t honest. Responding to the outrage, he said in an interview with French radio that he was not “responsible” for his taste in women.
“I like who I like and I don’t have to answer to the court of taste,”
In fairness, he did admit in the same interview that he probably isn’t the best catch, either.
“50-year-old women do not see me either!” he told the station. “They have something else to do than to get around a neurotic who writes and reads all day long. It’s not easy to be with me.”
I would imagine not!