March 17th, 2010
12:30 PM ET

Demi Moore: call me a puma

Demi Moore prefers the term puma to cougar, which she said has become “so distasteful.”

“I really hate that expression,” said Moore, who will appear on the April cover of Harper’s Bazaar. “[Puma] has a sweeter quality, more elegant."

Moore, who has spent decades in the spotlight, dishes to Harpers Bazaar about Twitter, Alexander McQueen and becoming a puma - the first time she met Ashton:

"I knew it had the potential to be something special right away,” she said. “It was like meeting somebody that I've just known where you just recognize one another. It was so disproportionate, the level of emotion we were experiencing to the time we had spent together.”

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  1. Maryt

    Uh, you're not 20 anymore. Get over it. You're old. No one cares and you don't even do movies anymore.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sandy

    Demi may be pretty, but she is not to bright.
    Please see below for some edification about cougars and pumas.

    The cougar (Puma concolor), also known as puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount or panther, depending on what region you live in the USA.

    Now you have been edified; Ms. Irony you are so right. Kudos to you for knowing your stuff. Perhaps someone can send a tweet to Aston letting him know that his woman needs to educate herself on things before she speaks. Otherwise she looks really stupid.

    March 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dgirl

    Someone please tell me why this is news?!

    March 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Str8 outta TX

    how* not hoe
    X-cuze me

    March 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    I dont care what she calls herself, I'd do her!

    March 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kat

    I think she was being sarcastic people.

    March 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Parker Gabriel

    Neither cougar NOR puma–even though the name she uses is not her real name (having been born illegitimately, she has NO real name) and will never be, a.k.a. Demi Moore is a PANTHER!!!

    March 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Str8 Outta TX

    PERSONAL OPINION!!! (based on experience)
    older women, though perhaps not THAT old, are preferable to me because with the experience factor, they are no longer stuck on just their looks. AND... the best part is that they know hoe to handle attention appropriately.\

    March 18, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sevinthseal

    Let's just be patient, shall we? Give her another ten years and see which word she chooses to describe herself. "Scorned", "old", "dumped", "replaced" spring to mind.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. simon cowell

    Please stop picking on joe. I love him. He is sweet, kin, dear and just FABULOUS. BTW, he is very well endowed and that's how I like my pumas. PRRRR!!!

    March 18, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Queenie Tran

    Demi Moore is beautiful and sexy. You are just jealous to say otherwise. Ugly people are always bitter of someone more beautifull. more successful than them.

    March 18, 2010 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    Joe eats peanut butter and hang out at truck stop bathrooms

    March 18, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. Barry build them up and when they become famous you want to knock them down, What childish mind you have, worry about your own Bloody life and Leave these people alone.

    March 18, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Barry

    Demi you are a God, and should be refered to as such

    March 18, 2010 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. bee

    There really is no term for women that isn't "distasteful" apparently.
    Any of these terms can be used affectionately or offensively.

    March 18, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  16. Ozzi

    Holy cow. This reminds me of the Smother Brother's routine Boil That Cabbage Down.

    March 18, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  17. Greedo

    Dat's one old broad!

    March 17, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  18. mushymushroom

    Uhmmm... this is just weird!

    I think it's special when you meet someone and the connection is there, then you two decide to be together forever regardless of age(of course it's a different story if we're talking about an adult and a minor).

    Anyway, the sad thing is, this whole cougar thing was GLAMORIZED by the media–Cougartown anyone? I mean, it's not a standard that if you're in your 40's you should hook up with a 20 yr old because that's what "in" these days and because of that the whole thing just became distateful. Love anyone you want, but don't hook up just to fit in with some lame standards.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Ben

    oh, and anybody who doesn't think Demi Moore is STILL're nuts.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Beb

    i think there's a possibility Joe likes boys.

    are girls really getting up in arms about what she wants to call herself?

    get over yourselves!!

    March 17, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Amy McKee

    Women get "cat" names if they are attractive and date younger men. I for one think this is just stupid. Another way to de-value women. As a mother of three daughters and a public figure I think Demi needs to renounce all "feline" monikers for women. Period.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  22. lame

    puma, cougar....whatever. i'd still shoot it, throw it over my shoulder and take it home to have stuffed.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Fred L. Fraud

    Joe is a eunuch

    March 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Bruce

    Give it another 5 years max... What a joke. The lady at my local gas station looks better that her, and she swallows

    March 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  25. JayDee

    She wants be called a puma? She is inching more towards a Saber Tooth

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  26. LBW

    Agreed, she is a beautiful woman. As for Ashton, he is pretty too and while they are together, I hope it is fun for both of them. As for them's Hollywood, nobody lasts there.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  27. tanea

    The planet earth is so old and the time we humans spend here is so short.
    If two people are here in this planet in the same time, it's fair enough.
    It's so OK for a man to be older then a woman in our not so evolved times.
    Good for you Demi!!! You r great, beautiful and sexy!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Andy

    What's distasteful is older people preying on boys and girls half their age. It's one thing to have a relationship with someone 10 or so years your junior, there's still a possibility you'll have enough in common to hold a conversation. But anything other is just sex, it can't be anything more because you literally have nothing to say to one another. Nothing of consequence. You might make a joke of a marriage like that last a few years, but it will end in divorce. Still most Hollywood marriages are jokes, so as far as actors are concerned it doesn't really matter.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  29. sabs

    I really don't like that term either, but it is what it is. I was 45 when I met my significant other who was 30. I am now 52 and he is 37. We still enjoy the h3ll out of each other. I suggest that he better hurry up and find someone younger before its too late and he grins, So, come on with your ugly comments – I am not a celeb and neither is he. We are both nice looking people and we definately love each other. So, for us, it works – and I don't consider myself a 'cougar' or a 'jaguar'. . .I'm just me – who happens to love a younger man.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Debra

    Good for Demi, she doesn't need our approval. If it was a 47 yr. old man married to a 32 yr. old woman, nobody would say a word! If they didn't love each other, they wouldn't be living their lives together, duh!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  31. tony

    Who cares what she calls herself?

    March 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  32. John Smith

    Is Joe a homosexual?

    March 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  33. gabriela

    Does it matter.?
    Nothing wrong to marry/date a younger man. Why the need to label it ?

    March 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Rfestf

    Couger, puma, wombat, whatever. She's still beautiful.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  35. jake

    Joe is a pussy.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Irish Clover

    Here's the pecking order:

    Cubs (20's) Just startting out learning the ropes

    Pumas (30's) Seasoned, still learning and looking

    Cougars (40's) Ripe, know EXACTLY what they want

    TBD (50's)

    Sorry Demi you are NOT a Puma but BE HAPPY that you look as FANTASTIC as you do and have the MAN that you have! 😉

    March 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Guest

    If that's what she prefers to be called them albeit!

    March 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Dumbstruck

    Aiy, por favor!!!!Puma, guma, who TF cares!!!!! She's happy and in LOVE with a wonderful man, despite the "age" difference. Just look at her – she's totally amazing and knew exactly what she was doing when she met the Ashton-man. Had she remained with Mr. Willis she would not be as radiant and glowing as she is ever since she "hooked-up" with Ashton. I mean just look at Bruce – he's no charmer and it's a good thing he decided to release the few hairs he had on his head to go "bald" -which really suits him 100%! Let's move on folks to more pressing and urgent matters like the friggin' health care bill.....OK?

    March 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  39. A Real Puma

    A Puma is someone in her 30's. A Cougar is someone in her 40's. A Jaguar is someone in her 50's. Demi is itching more towards a Jaguar now. She still looks great though!

    March 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Isay

    You are a cougar, OK? You cann't change that. Just wait when you are 60, and he is just 35. Maybe you have to take Viagra for women. So disgusting.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Kevin Shofner

    Demi rocks, have you seen GI Jane lately hoora. She was bad and is still bad...

    March 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Jeff Roberts Memphis TN

    uh, get a life everyone.....who really gives a rip.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  43. rsgdbg

    the way she describes it a rose by any other name....

    unfortunately, she is perseverating the ongoing debasing of women by boiling all of a certain age down to a cartoon.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Ms Irony

    we're kidding, right? a puma is a cougar and neither is an appropriate term for relationships between older women/younger men. Just call her smart and lucky and move on.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Kathy

    Is she serious? She wants to replace one derogatory label with another? To quote Demi's own words, “so distasteful.”

    March 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Head Diva In Charge

    Demi is NOT a puma, she is a cougar, it's to bad that it's "distasteful" in her opinion. She is to old to be a MY opinion.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  47. JOE

    Puma? sweeter? elegant? Puh-lease! these are derogatory terms for women, just like slut, whore, etc. The only individuals benefitting from terms like cougar are in the porn industry.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  48. drdirt

    Nice! let's reference a faded shoe co

    March 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |

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