Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ben Stein Makes "Jokes Disparaging Women," Loses Citi Gig

A lovely accent piece for Tuesday's "Ben Stein Prefers Mutual Funds To Hedge Funds, Feels The Need To Note He Doesn’t Support Insider Trading":
Ben Stein is a sleazebag....
From Gothamist:
Ben Stein is a lawyer, a former Nixon speechwriter, a sarcastic Obama appreciator and, yes, Ferris Bueller attendance taker. But that's no match for a woman who felt his jokes at a Dallas private equity conference were sexist—and therefore demanded that Citigroup ditch Stein as keynote speaker for the banking giant's conference. And guess what—Citigroup agreed, "We have decided to present the conference without Mr. Stein’s participation." Yeah, probably doesn't help to have possibly sexist jokes dropped while Citigroup is dealing with a gender discrimination lawsuit.

According to Bloomberg News, Villareal, a Dallas bank executive, contacted former White House budget director and current Citi vice chairman Peter Orszag about Stein's jokes.
One joke was about a wealthy man, his wife and his mistress, she said.

Another involved a female airline passenger who, realizing the flight is about to crash, takes off her clothes and asks if there is a man aboard who will “make me feel like a woman,” according to Villarreal’s e-mail, which was also sent to Bloomberg News. A cowboy in a hat removes his shirt, hands it to the woman, tells her to iron it and fetch him a beer....
Funny in the '80's.
In 2011 it is a sad reminder that Stein is old.
The New York Observer links to Ben's opener for the 2008 Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference,
the guy's a has-been.

HT: Economic Policy Journal who adds Stein's defense:
...When I was finished with this speech, dozens of women in the room came up to me and wanted their pictures taken with me, wanted autographs from me. Dozens of them. I got fan mail from women who had been at the group saying how much they liked the speech....
You go girl Ben.