September 26, 2004 |
Greeting-card and novelty companies call them "Over the Hill" products: the 50th Birthday Coffin Gift Boxes featuring prune juice and anti-aging soap; the "Old Coot" and "Old Biddy" bobble-head dolls; the birthday cards mocking the mobility, intellect and sex drive of the no-longer-young. Many Americans chuckle at such humor. Others see it as offensive, as one more sign of pervasive ageism in America.
April 8, 2003 |
Two steps forward, one step back: That's the Dance of Progress, and it's being performed right now on a number of world stages. One of them is India, a nation with an enviably generous tradition of official government support for the arts. However, that tradition took a vigorous back step recently when Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri of the Delhi High Court ruled that dancers over 45 cannot be said to give performances, merely lecture-demonstrations.
October 20, 2002 |
WATCHING the series prototype for "Everybody Loves Raymond" in 1996, long before it blossomed into television's second-most-watched comedy, I was instantly struck by this thought: "Hey, that's my mother."
September 5, 2002 |
Television ads depicting aging baby boomers as "greedy geezers" and news stories calling older audiences "a bad omen for advertising revenues" pose serious risks for the elderly and may even shorten lifespan, a panel of experts on aging testified Wednesday. The panelists, appearing before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, castigated media and marketing executives for bombarding audiences with what they said are negative images of aging in print, on television and on the big screen.
April 10, 2002 |
Television has a well-deserved reputation for discovering stars, whether it's Bruce Willis' "Moonlighting" before he ever died hard in a theater, Sally Field's recently grounded round-trip flight from TV to big screen, or the various movie roles allotted to the once-unknown casts, if that seems possible, of "Friends" and "ER." If recent headlines are any indication, however, television is losing the battle to keep pace with this astronomical demand for fresh talent--as evidenced, among other things, by MSNBC calling Phil Donahue out of the wilderness to host a talk show and the transformation of "Survivor" castaways into instant TV personalities.
June 23, 2001
'Billy,' Meet 'Barbie' By referring to William Friedkin as "Billy" in his article on Hollywood ageism ("Directing Against the Age Curve in Hollywood," June 19), Patrick Goldstein knocked 20 years off Friedkin's age and probably extended the veteran director's career by a decade or two, long enough for him to crank out a few more sequels to "The Exorcist." Maybe Goldstein could give a nip-and-tuck to the names of other filmmakers who may be getting long in the tooth. How about "Little Stevie" Spielberg?