Thanks to Ronni Bennett, of Time Goes By (http://www.timegoesby.net) I have just read the latest entry in The Tattler, a blog by Julian. Be sure to check it out at http://ijulian.blogspot.com/2007/09/age-discrimination-in-hollywoodmovie.html.
It seems that a private movie screening in Hollywood was limited to those between 17 and 50. Why should those over 50 be excluded from anything? According to authorities, there are "nine known major stereotypes that reflect prejudice toward senior citizens." They are illness, impotency, ugliness, mental decline, mental illness, uselessness, isolation, poverty, and depression.
I, for one, object. At nearly 75, I don't fit any of those nine stereotypes. In fact, I reject all stereotypes. It's too easy to dismiss a race, ethnic group, nationality, or religion--or an age group--with a single derogatory word, or nine of them! We are all individuals, all human beings worth listening to, regardless of any label or category we may or may not fit into.
Copyright 2007 by Marlys Marshall Styne