Superannuated comic misogynist Jerry Lewis, who, we ought to say, looks great for 87, still can’t stomach the idea of women performing comedy. A potential life-giving mother with a bountiful womb and nipples a-weeping with life-giving milk making jokes? Jerry Lewis says thankz but no thankz, ladies — he prefers his comedians to have hilarious penises.
When asked during a Thursday press conference at the Cannes Film Festival who his favorite female comedians were, Lewis mentioned Cary Grant and Burt Reynolds. He then added, just in case he hadn’t made it absolutely clear that he was being a DICK, that he didn’t have any favorite female comedians. Not even Sarah Silverman or Melissa McCarthy? Nope, nope, nope.
Lewis further explained that women doing comedy make him feel too many feelings:
I can't see women doing that. It bothers me. I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominator. I just can't do that.
At this point, Lewis isn’t quite relevant enough for his opinion to matter, and his opinion on female comedians just sounds like hoarse shouting of a bewildered man standing on his porch. Still, Lewis is a huge comedic figure and his attitude is a really distressing reminder that there exists a contingent of men willing to dismiss a comic just because she’s a woman. It’s bullshit, but, as Tina Fey wrote in Bossypants, who really gives a fuck about what Jerry Lewis thinks anymore?
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