French author Yann Moix labelled sexist over comments he ‘couldn’t love a woman over 50’
French author Yann Moix said the body of 50-year-old woman was “not extraordinary at all: (Facebook: Yann Moix)
A French author who said he was “incapable” of loving a woman over 50 and “preferred the bodies of younger women” has sparked an online furore, with women taking to Twitter to denounce the “old, sexist man”.
- In an interview with Marie Claire, French author Yann Moix said women over 50 were “invisible”
- The comments prompted women to take to social media to denounce the novelist
- Women over 50 have begun posting their own photos online in a show of protest
In an interview with Marie Claire, Yann Moix, 50, said the prospect of dating a woman his own age was “not possible” because it was “too old”.
“When I am 60 years old, I will be able to; 50 will then appear young to me,” he told the magazine.
“I prefer the bodies of younger women, that’s all.
“I’m not going to lie, the body of a woman of 25 is extraordinary. The body of a woman of 50 is not extraordinary at all.”
The novelist, who was the recipient of France’s most prestigious literary prize, went on to say he preferred to date Asian women, but conceded: “A lot of people would be incapable of admitting that because it is racism”.
Mr Moix’s comments did not go unnoticed, earning the ire of women from France and abroad, who took to social media to let the author know the feeling might not be mutual.
“If Yann Moix wants to date any woman, regardless of age, he needs to start by losing the creepy uncle vibe,” twitter user Nicky Breen wrote.
“Hey Yann Moix, can women under 50 also be invisible to you as well please?” Lisa-Marie Robertson added: “Signed all women of all ages everywhere.”
Others quipped he wouldn’t be getting an invite to the Macrons’ anytime soon — poking fun at the 25-year age gap between French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux.
However, the comments also prompted a number of women over 50 to post their own photos online in a show of protest.
“You are not ageless Yann,” tweeted British fashion designer and actress Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace.
“Maybe no one wants to see your imperfections too.”
In response to the backlash, Mr Moix, who is no stranger to controversy, told the French radio network RTL he did not have to “answer to the court of taste”.