Veteran comedian Jerry Lewis, who is known for his belief that women aren’t funny, added to his thoughts on the subject Saturday after leaving his hand and footprints in cement outside Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre, TheWrap.com reports.
“Seeing a woman project the kind of aggression that you have to project as a comic just rubs me wrong,” the 88-year-old Lewis said. “I mean you got some very, very funny people that do beautiful work — but I have a problem with the lady up there that's going to give birth to a child — which is a miracle.”
His comments “appear to be landing with a thud,” TheWrap notes.
Lewis has been making denigrating comments about female comedians for years. People magazine noted in 1998 that he had trouble with women performing comedy because he said he thought of a woman as a “producing machine that brings babies in the world."
The People story noted that after Lewis made the comment at the 1998 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, it "all but brought an end to the discussion," a Q&A session hosted by Martin Short. "Lewis lost his audience, which got up and left," the piece adds.
After his latest comments, Twitter users called him a “misogynist” and took issue with his statements. “All due respect but a 'crude' female comic, like Sarah Silverman, is one of the funniest comics Ive ever seen & Jerry Lewis is 189 years old,” one Twitter user wrote.