T.J. Miller stepped into a big pile of you-know-what after Vulture published an article with the former “Silicon Valley” star in which he appeared to suggest that women aren’t as funny as men.
“They’re taught to suppress their sense of humour during their formative years,” explained Miller in the interview, ostensibly to plug his role in “The Emoji Movie”.
“Women want to be treated as equals, and we want feminism to be a thing, but it’s really difficult when every woman makes the same point about her vagina, over and over,” he added. “I think shock value works well for women, but beyond that, there’s no substance. I want to see what else there is with such complex, smart creatures.”
Outrage predictably ensued — with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy and a rash of other hilarious women used as examples in angry social media posts — until Miller took to Twitter to clarify what he was trying to say.
“To be real, I’m getting used as click bait a lot,” he wrote, adding that “everyone and their parents missed the point.”
That point he was trying to make, he insisted, is that “SOCIETY depresses humour in women bc it is a sign of intelligence,” adding that he was criticizing society, not putting down female comedians.
“The world gets better the more we empower our literal better half,” he concluded. “Women ARE FUNNY, against odds that men don’t face.”