Yann Moix might be an award-winning novelist but he’s also ageist and misogynistic. In an interview with Marie-Claire magazine’s French edition, the 51-year-old claimed that women over 50s were “too, too old” for love. The TV presenter and author also went to add that women his own age were invisible to him.“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,” said Moix in the interview.
Yann Moix also claimed that he preferred dating Asian women, especially Koreans, Chinese, and Japanese. “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,” said Moix, according to The Guardian. The French author faced a huge backlash online but refused to apologize and doubled down on his comments made to the magazine.
He gave another interview with The Times, which didn’t do him any favors either. The author went on to stereotype and generalize women in the interview. “White western women tire me, they wear me out. They make my hair stand on end. I cannot stand them. I am not criticizing their exterior intellectual and professional legitimacy or that of being a mother, said Yann Moix. He claimed that he didn’t find any joy in dating western women. “I am saying that in the intimacy of a relationship they don’t bring me anything. I stopped going out with them a long time ago.”
Having started another fire while attempting to douse the first one, Moix went on RTL radio trying to defend his callous comments. “I don’t see this as pride, but almost like a curse. It’s not my fault,” said Moix. He stated that he had no control over his tastes and hence couldn’t do anything about it. “We are not responsible for our tastes, our penchants, our inclinations. I’m not here to hold forth on this. Every individual is a prisoner of their tastes. I’m a prisoner of mine,” said Yann Moix. “These are words that I do not regret because they only concern me. I like who I want and I do not have to answer to the court of taste, which for me is a total absence of taste”
The French author defended himself claiming 50-year-old women didn’t find him attractive either. “Fifty-year-old women do not see me either! 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,” said Moix, reported BBC. It’s a fair statement when you consider why would women want to spend time with a misogynistic man.
Turns out, Yann Moix doesn’t generalize just when it comes to women. Judges of France’s top literary award, the Goncourt prize, made the call to exclude Yann Moix’s autobiographical novel Orléans from the shortlist after antisemitic drawings and writings made by Moix in his 20s surfaced. Initially, he claimed, he had not written the text but only drawn the images but later also admitted to writing them. He denied he was an antisemite in an interview with Libération. “I wrote, I drew, I produced crap. These texts and these drawings are antisemitic, but I am not an antisemite,” said Moix. “Today, the man I am is ashamed. The whole journey I have made since then, my journey as a man, is the story of someone who has tried to escape this toxic geography, to extract myself from this trap.”
Countless women on Twitter said they would rather not be wooed by a sexist. Many expressed relief at not having to deal with the attention of the French author. French MP Olivia Gregoire, tweeted: Very classy Yann Moix. Very very classy. But like stupidity and vulgarity have no age, it’s reassuring in his case as I doubt many women want (these qualities).”
Colombe Schneck, a 52-year-old journalist, and writer, posted an image of her backside and wrote: “Voila, the buttocks of a woman aged 52…what an imbecile you are, you don’t know what you’re missing, you and your tiny, paunchy brain.” Many women followed suit and sent him pictures of their backside. “I would like 50-year-old women to stop sending me photos of their bottoms and breasts,” pleaded Moix, reported New York Times.