Natalie Morales Calls Christopher Hitchens an ‘A–hole’ for Saying Women Aren’t Funny

Natalie Morales Christopher Hitchens
Rob Latour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Natalie Morales didn’t mince words about Christopher Hitchens’ infamous assertion that women can’t be funny.

The “Access Hollywood” and “Today” host called the late British journalist an “a–hole” in two separate instances during Universal’s CinemaCon presentation. Morales was emceeing the event and introducing footage from “Girls’ Trip,” an ensemble comedy with Queen Latifah.

In his 2007 Vanity Fair essay, Hitchens wrote, that “bless their tender hearts,” women aren’t as funny as men. Hitchens died of esophageal cancer in 2011.

“There are more terrible female comedians than there are terrible male comedians, but there are some impressive ladies out there. Most of them, though, when you come to review the situation, are hefty or dykey or Jewish, or some combo of the three,” Hitchens wrote in the controversial essay. “When Roseanne stands up and tells biker jokes and invites people who don’t dig her shtick to suck her dick — know what I am saying?”

The following year, Alessandra Stanley wrote a rebuttal, also in Vanity Fair, titled, “Who Says Women Aren’t Funny?” Despite the backlash, Hitchens doubled down on his stance, saying in an interview with VF, “I’m not saying that there aren’t great female comedians. There are many, many, many. That’s not the same as the female sense of humor.”

“Girls Trip” focuses on a group of women who go to New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival, where they generally get up to Big Easy-style trouble.

“This was the first time I got to be really wild in a movie,” co-star Tiffany Haddish said.

Latifah and Haddish was also joined on stage by Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall. The women said they grew close during the filming, and added that the movie is an accurate portrait of female fun.

“Women really do let loose,” said Latifah

Universal also showed a clip of funny films with female leads and key supporting parts — a group of films that included “Bridesmaids” and “Sisters.”

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 22

Leave a Reply


Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. siobhan says:

    lordt jesus. men are so boring

  2. Drew says:

    He should have said women can’t read and comprehend. He could also have delved into the distinction of intentional humor versus unintentional humor. Women can certainly bring on laughter without trying. Lol. His point about women comedians needing to be brash, gross and overtly sexual is beyond salient. South park has poked fun at this in recent episodes.

  3. Mazy says:

    I have never seen someone miss the point so late. Watch Hitchens response to the rebuttal:

  4. Siddhartha says:

    Real brave Natalie, attacking a dead guy.

  5. Robert White says:

    Hitchens is god and if he said women aren’t funny they aren’t funny

  6. agnes szemzo says:

    those participants clearly prove mr. hitchens’ point indeed


    Kind of late to be calling names isn’the it. And she is way over her head to say anything about Hitch, who truly was funny.

  8. C-bus says:

    Some women are funny but your average guy is funnier than your average girl. Hitchens says this is because men have to get the girl and the girl doesn’t have to do anything, we already like you! So in fact his article was a compliment. If you take what he said to be offensive try being wittier and prove him wrong.

  9. ROGER DAVIS says:

    Hitchens was correct, also, don’t speak I’ll of the dead. Women don’t live the same lives as men, so they are boring, which is okay, as long as they are cute, and young
    Hitchens rules!!!

  10. Pat caboli says:

    First, I’m not surprised that a talking head bobblehead from Access Hollywood is going to use the words of a man who’s been dead for ten years whom she wouldn’t be able to take on if he were alive . second of all Hitchens was talking about comedians she’s talking about comedic actresses two completely different things. tell this chick quit evoking Christopher Hitchens who is the only reason anyone even looked at this article was for her to use his name to get attention to her opinion and do something on her own

  11. She really proved him wrong with that witty retort. Proving his point entirely.

  12. Gary says:

    10 years later and people STILL don’t get the article.

    • Jean says:

      To be fair, that’s only because the article made no sense ten years ago and makes no sense still.

      • Todd says:

        To you…..

        I certainly got what he was saying – not sure to what degree I agree. I am certain, however, that I care very little about this piece – it was obviously fluff for VF.
        Hitchins was frequently asked to write the contrarian view – he was asked by the Catholic church to oppose the sainting of mother Theresa at the hearing. Nobody did it better than Hitch.

  13. Jeff Boyd says:

    I wish Natalie Morales (and everyone else, for that matter) would take the time to read the entire article. I’m sure if they do, they wouldn’t be so quick to outrage.

    • jamdev12 says:

      Grab a dictionary and replace words you don’t understand with words you can comprehend. Then reread the article a few more times. Go ahead and try. I know you can do it. I promise you’ll get the gist of the article.

  14. Thomas S. Korn says:

    Natalie; you’re mad at an 10 year old article that is based on fact?

    • Dunstan says:

      Thomas, I’m a guy. And you’re an embarrassment.

      What “fact” are you referring to exactly? And what planet are you living on?

    • Lisa says:

      Fact? I love it when men try to label something so subjective as humour as ‘fact’. The whole thing about comedy is everyone has different tastes. It’s intangible, and what one person finds funny another may not see the humour. Maybe this dead dude was just a bitter, humourless man.

      • Erin says:

        Like, as a woman, let’s be honest, there aren’t many funny females, ha.

      • jamdev12 says:

        As many have pointed out already, Natalie is lucky Hitchens is dead. He would have easily pointed out that even this proves his point. Women can’t take a joke. If you can’t take a joke then you’ll have a hard time giving one. Say that about a guy and he’ll just brush it off. Now ask yourself, why is that? Why do women take it personal yet guys just brush it off?

  15. Hitchens is an asshole but... says:

    Not gonna lie, the ending of the article just makes me kinda sad

More Biz News from Variety