Monday, March 10, 2008

Is AARP the joke?

Young people who write jokes about old people think it’s OK. It’s a common trait, they say. Everybody is going to get old.

I call B.S. on that notion.

So does Laura L. Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center for Longevity. “It’s astounding to me that people continue to regularly make incredibly ageist statements. There is no reason to depict people in their 70’s as feeble and frail and doddering.”

Yet the late night talk shows are brimming with jokes about dementia, pills, prostates and Miracle Ears. David Letterman regularly tees off on Sen. John McCain as “the old guy at the barbershop,” “a mall-walker,” “a Wal-Mart greeter,” and more.

Read the NY Times take in a Sunday story called “So a Senior Citizen Walks into a Bar …”

Comics who shy away from Hillary jokes (sexism) or Barack (racism) regularly whiz on the elderly. And the dunderhead at AARP missed the point completely. Kevin Donnellan, an AARP executive vice president said, “It’s a lot easier to make a joke about age than it is to come up with a punch line about health care costs being out of control.”

Yes, Kevin. Dammit, Kevin, we want you to hammer those comics who are taking the cheap shots. Make them think twice about geezer ridicule. It took years of hard work, but the joke writers no longer poke at women, Jews, blacks with abandon. Make ‘em think, Kevin.

Maybe this is the real joke: Did you hear the one about the AARP lobbyist who walked into Congress and feathered his own nest, ignoring rampant ageism …

4 comments:

The South Plainsman said...

You should be kinder to your insurance company.

Anonymous said...

George is getting old!
George is getting old!
AARP=Advanced Age Reporters and Publishers------Goose

Gary Wiram said...

I found this posting following my surprise at a weak response to my recent posting on - http://afewdayswithfiggins.blogspot.com/2008/04/mccain-his-kind.html. Your posting was one of the most recent publications to be found on "ageism". AARP's most recent was in December, celebrating the 40th anniversary of anti-age discrimination legislation, as though the issue is past. I can't remember when I first began to get AARP mailings (I'm, now, 60) but I've refused to do business with them from the beginning. I won't make a single penny available to an organization that does so little to help their namesake group and so much to support matters I'm opposed to. I'd appreciate having you check my posting and providing a Comment with your feedback.

sherwos1 said...

Wassa matta 4 u? I've always laughed at myself no matter what age. When I ran a stick up my nose at 4, I asked if I could sign in to the ER in blood!
When they told me at 12 that my gout had already progressed to RA, I asked if there was an award for early enrollment in AARP.
Now that my kidneys are the only rolling stones Ilisten to, my Gall bladder was sucked out by a straw ( I did't ask by which doctor; didn't see any Bile on any lips), I play percussion instrument simply by sitting on the toilet, and have reverted to my 3 year old habbit of touring the country bathroom by bathroom, I find that if I couldn't laugh it off, it would fall off on it's own!
I'm having another surgery today- still taking out, too young to start putting back, and I'm going to ask that they replace the D5W (dextrose 5% in water) for WD-40. Heard it's good for arthritis.

It's not all bad news, though! Each year I'm getting a little taller- at least, each year the floor seem a lot further down when I bend over- and a lot harder when I hit it!

My 3 year old granddaughter wanted to run around and climb on the big toy by our public 'wave pool'- I had to take her to the other side of the park- the girl's sand volleyball court was transmitting on a frequency that interfered with my pacemaker! (copywright, but I forgot who my agent is)

Steve Sherwood (copywright granted one time only) If I'm alive tomorrow, maybe two!) sherwos1@gmail.com

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