Everyday Ageism – CHRISTA D’SOUZA argues that George Clooney’s comment about turning 60 were exactly what keep the flag of agingism in high gear

  • George Clooney said ‘turning 60 is a bummer. It’s either that or death. 
  • Christa Da’Souza claims that his words are the reason ageism is still flying high.
  • Columnist from the UK argues that box-office celebrities should encourage older people  

It’s the last tolerated prejudice. But Femail’s had enough. It’s time we called out those day-to-day moments when we’re patronised for no longer being young…

I’m a big fan of George Clooney. With his natural hairstyle and wrinkles, Clooney seems more human than any other Hollywood star. He may not have his teeth cleaned, but he doesn’t pretend to be trying to fool the world by pretending he still looks exactly the same way he did when he was in the early days of medical drama ER.

This gives him elegance and authority, which is something that many of the male stars his age lack. It was disappointing to see his thoughts on the subject of getting older.

George Clooney (pictured) revealed his thoughts on ageing saying, 'turning 60 is a bummer. But it's that or dead'

George Clooney (pictured), shared his views on ageing, saying that “turning 60 can be a pain.” It’s either that or death.

‘Turning 60 is a bummer,’ he said. ‘But it’s that or dead.’ George! Can you? I’m not asking you to ditch the Nespresso for incontinence pants adverts, nor to lose your lovely wry sense of humour, but words like that from folks like you are exactly what keep the flag of ageism aloft and fluttering.

Next thing we know you’ll be getting your eyes done and having a tummy tuck.

Box-office superstars like yourself are needed to make the most of our experience with getting older.

Just about everything is possible because you are an advocate. Why not speak up for us?

Christa D'Souza (pictured) argues box-office starts should be advocating for getting older

Christa D’Souza (pictured) argues box-office starts should be advocating for getting older