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The former head of Disney said that beautiful women aren't funny and it's caused uproar

The whole of the internet sighs.

NFL-Los Angeles-Eisner Source: AP/Press Association Images

LAST WEEK, A major ideas conference took place in Aspen in the US – and it’s gaining a lot of attention now because of one particular speaker.

Michael Eisner – who was head of Disney from 1984 until 2005 – was speaking to Goldie Hawn on stage when he said:

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.

As Time reports, when Hawn responded that when she was growing up she saw herself as the “ugly duckling”, Eisner continued the thought:

You didn’t think you were beautiful. 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.

The comments have blown up on social media, with people quick to point out that they couldn’t disagree more

With stars weighing in strongly on what Eisner said

People were throwing out examples of beautiful, funny women that Eisner should look into

But there were a few people that thought he had a point

But, generally speaking, the comments have been taken with a groan of exasperation

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