This is by no means breaking news, but rumor has it that Kristen Stewart is wanted for Wanted 2 instead of Angelina Jolie. (I know they say AJ declined, but admit it! When you heard the news, you thought, “What? AJ’s too old? Well, that’s what I thought, so I’m running with it…) I wonder if AJ is beginning to feel the awful effects of the AGE-ISM affliction that seems to have society by the ***** mhmm? (Cough, cough!) What is this notion that says as a woman, once you are past a certain age (over 30! *GASP!* 28 in some regions we won’t mention) AND have children, the gods help you, but you are OLD? Bring on the denture cream, what? Such foolishness. And so, so sad. I mean, wasn’t it just last year that AJ was being proclaimed as one of the most beautiful women in the world? Oi-yi-yi! The gods help us mere mortal women then. SHEESH! I say!
Anyhoo, it’s reminding me that the days of Brad/Tom/Angelina/Halle as Hollywood icons is rapidly coming to a CLOSE. Alas, the light of these stars is fast waning, sure to fade into distant memory like those of the ancients, Cary Grant and Errol Flynn. I remember listening to the elders (namely the generation that came before me, like parents) speaking with awe and nostalgia of the glory of days gone by. I remember thinking, “Cared about who? In like Flynn? Boring!”. I would silently proclaim (so as not to appear rude) I will never be old and get nostalgic. Well, little did I know that the shriveled hand of age touches us all; even those who shine the brightest cannot escape its bony grasp.
Now it seems, I am old and the stars of my esteemed era are now being thought of as “the stars of old.” (Except Johnny Depp. I don’t think he has an expiration date.)
But, really. Are women too old once they reach 30? Are women over 30 who have children just way too old with too much pitney* to be considered tempting screen sirens? Should said women only be offered or pursue roles that portray them as wise matrons or lonely spinsters? I think ageism sucks severely. What do you think?
*too much pitney = a whole boatload of trouble and baggage