A renowned French author has come under fire after airing his romantic preferences in a magazine interview.
Yann Moix, 50, told Marie Claire’s French edition that he cannot love a woman his age.
“Come on now, let’s not exaggerate! That’s not possible … too, too old.”
Moix, who has written award-winning novels, added that the body of a woman aged 50 is “not extraordinary.”
“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.”
He went on to specify his choice of dating Asian women, particularly “Koreans, Chinese and Japanese,” according to BBC.
“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.”
Moix received the Prix Goncourt from the Académie Goncourt and the Prix François Mauriac from the Académie française for his debut novel “Jubilations vers le ciel” in 1996.
He won the Prix Renaudot for “Naissance” in 2013.
Moix, who has also directed three films, currently hosts the TV show “On n’est pas couché” and writes for the magazine La Règle du Jeu.
His remarks quickly drew ire on social media, with women from all over the world chiming in.
Personalities also slammed Moix, including journalist Colombe Schneck, who posted a picture of her buttocks (deleted on Instagram but reposted on Twitter) with the caption, “Voila, the buttocks of a woman aged 52…what an imbecile you are, you don’t know what you’re missing…”
French MP Olivia Gregoire, spokeswoman for President Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche (LREM) party, 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 [such qualities].”
Following the backlash, Moix spoke to French radio station RTL to defend his remarks, arguing that he was only being honest.
“I don’t see this as pride, but almost as a curse. It’s not my fault. We are not responsible for our tastes, our penchants, our inclinations. I’m not here to hold forth on this,” The Guardian quoted him as saying.
As such, Moix did not apologize for upsetting people.
“Every individual is a prisoner of their tastes. I’m a prisoner of mine. It takes nothing away from a woman of 50 years that I don’t want to sleep with her,” he said. “I’m not responsible for my tastes; I’m trying to be honest. Of course I have a problem, I’m an adolescent, I’m a child and I don’t interest women in their 50s either. They’ve got better things to do than to drag a neurotic around who spends his time yelling and reading and likes doing things that only excite children. It’s not easy to be with me.”