Female Comedians Set To Picket Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis has made some comments about female comedians he’s tried to walk back, but not very successfully. As a result, he’ll be picketed when the New York Friar’s Club honors him next month.
Lewis, 88, once said, “I don’t like female comedians . . . a woman doing comedy doesn’t offend me but sets me back a bit. I, as a viewer, have trouble with it. I think of her as a producing machine that brings babies in the world.”
“The Nutty Professor” star and longtime “abbot” at the club has walked back those comments in recent years, saying he thinks women are funny — he just doesn’t like seeing them do stand-up, where one has to “project aggression.”
But some of the more than 150 female Friars are upset and plan to boycott. One told me, “We are up in arms. He says women aren’t funny. Why should we honor him?”[su_sky_ad]