A popular French author, who just so happens to be 50 years old, recently told a magazine he would never get romantically involved with anyone his age or older. "That’s not possible … too, too old," Yann Moix said during his interview with the French edition of Marie-Claire, adding that such women are "invisible" to him and he would be "incapable" of loving one. "I prefer younger women’s bodies, that’s all. End of," he concluded. "The body of a 25-year-old woman is extraordinary. The body of a woman of 50 is not extraordinary at all." Moix, who is also the host of a popular TV talk show, has won several literary prizes and directed three films, the Guardian reports. His comments, not surprisingly, sparked quite an uproar, with many calling him out on social media for both ageism and sexism.
"Hey # YannMoix can women under 50 également be invisible to you as well please. Signed all women of all ages everywhere," reads one sample tweet. Others pointed out his apparent hypocrisy: "Yann Moix, does it happen to you that a 50 year old woman might prefer a younger man's body too? As a 50 year old man, is your body 'extraordinary?' l doubt it," pondered one. Moix was also drawing backlash for his comments during the interview that he prefers dating "Koreans, Chinese, and Japanese," the BBC reports. He seemed to be taking the controversy in stride, telling RTL radio in response, "I like who I like and I don't have to answer to the court of taste" and joking, "50-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." (An airline CEO once accused of ageism was recently accused of sexism, too.)