SOURCE (summary, old people don’t like how movies make them look bad) A study conducted by Humana Inc. and the University of Southern California found that characters 60 or older are underrepresented and misrepresented in Oscar-nominated movies. The study looked at the… 25 films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and found that only 11.8 percent of the characters were 60 or older, though seniors make up 18.5 percent of the general U.S. population… Lines referring to aging characters included “mentally feeble, sick old ladies” and “…just sit here and let Alzheimer’s run its course,” the study found.
How does this representation compare to reality? USC says that seniors found the depictions inaccurate — on average, they rated the level of accuracy of 5 or less on a 10-point scale. Moreover, aging Americans rated themselves as “satisfied with mind and body” as 7.54 on a 10-point scale and their optimism as 7.24.
Get the fuck out of here with this story. Seriously, GO.
Senior citizens think that movies are making them look too old? No way! They don’t like being called feeble and sick? That’s surprising!
I bet 95% of these “aging Americans” feel as though they can safely drive a car too. And that 80% of them can operate a smartphone, but admit they just need their grandchild to remind them what their password is. Maybe another 67% swear the TV isn’t that loud, but 100% will ask you at some point to set up their printer so they can print this wonderful email someone sent them…
This is a non-story. Ageism is a thing but equal across the board. Old people are feeble and weak just like millennials are over-sensitive and lazy. Am I ageist for thinking Emma Stone should win the oscar over Meryl Streep? No. Meryl Streep sucked in that movie about an old lady with syphilis shouting at a piano. I’m not ageist.