Yo, Is This Ageist?

Everyone is talking about Clint Eastwood‘s performance at the RNC last week. The most common thing I hear is, “That was really crazy stuff he said up there, but he IS 82.”

There are all sorts of assumptions about senility in this chatter. I’m bothered by this. So I consult my new favorite blog: Yo, Is this Ageist? authored by the awesome Ashton Applewhite.

I guess Paula Span of the NYTimes did the same thing. She writes about Ashton’s response in her latest blog post, “On Ageism and ‘Eastwooding.'”

if you missed it, here’s Applewhite’s response:

“My take is that Clint’s primary crime was being lazy and not being prepared — you need your talking points in order,” said the expert. “Not his finest hour, for sure.”

“But to attack him as senile was ageist. I don’t think people would have leveled charges of dottiness at someone 20 years younger.”

My response:

Yo, ageism is alive and well. Check it.

And Eastwood – maybe spontaneity isn’t your strongest suit.

Peace out.

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1 Response to “Yo, Is This Ageist?”

  1. 1 Think Ageless December 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm

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