Yann Moix, the author of 10 novels, told the French edition of Marie Claire that women over 50 are "too old" for him. Moix is 50 years old.
"I prefer younger women’s bodies, that’s all," Moix said, according to USA Today. "End of. The body of a 25-year-old woman is extraordinary. The body of a woman of 50 is not extraordinary at all."
Backlash on social media was nearly immediate, with one journalist tweeting, then deleting, a photo of her behind along with the caption, "You don’t know what you’re missing."
Others shared photos of famous women over the age of 50 to make a point. "Poor Halle Berry," wrote one person. "You mean to say this 52-year-old woman doesn't have any chance with Yann Moix..."
"Sorry Julia Roberts," wrote another, "you have no chance with Yann Moix...."
In response to the criticism, Moix said Tuesday he was just being "honest." "I don’t see this as pride, but almost as a curse. It’s not my fault," he told French radio station RTL. "We are not responsible for our tastes, our penchants, our inclinations.... 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," he added. "It’s not easy to be with me."