Oh, those decadent Hollywood stars, setting a bad example for females everywhere with their tarted-up, slatternly outfits, their impossible, surgically enhanced physiques and their don't-give-a-damn attitudes. What kind of role models are they for that oh-so-impressionable demographic: our grandmothers?
In the same week 64-year-old Cher took the stage at the VMAs in a re-creation of her notoriously revealing "Turn Back Time" ensemble (and cracked that ""Back in the day, I used to get thrown off MTV for wearing things like this"), 72-year-old Jane Fonda both announced she's getting physical again with two new workout DVDs and admitted she's recently gone under the knife to freshen up her face. "I got tired of not looking like how I feel," she explained.
Faster than you say "butt lift," the critics started sharpening their knives, complaining about Fonda's "smug" attitude and Cher's refusal to "grow old gracefully" with her "NOT age appropriate" ensemble. How can Fonda, her detractors wondered, a woman who calls her new fitness series "Prime Time," be a healthy example -- with her history of eating disorders and her own admission she has "good genes and money"? Gosh, why can't senior citizens just be cute and maternal like Betty White?
That's from Mary Elizabeth Williams piece at Salon and she applauds the two women for refusing to play a society-dictated role. I do have a problem with the article though I applaud it overall. My problem?
Lumping Betty White, Jane Fonda and Cher together? In a piece on age?
Betty White was born in 1922 and she's 88 years old. Jane Fonda was born in 1937 and is 72 and Cher is 64.
In what world do you lump all three women together by age? White is 16 years older than Fonda. Fonda is 8 years older than Cher. Cher is 24 years younger than Betty White. In what world do we lump those women together unless we are declaring they are all "old" and that women do have 'an expiration date' (a point the article argues against). Cher is basically a quarter of a century younger than Betty White. Why are the two women being compared?
At CBS News, you can check out Devon Thomas' "Lady Gaga Meat Dress, Cher Pull In High Ratings for Video Music Awards." By the way, Cher is on Twitter. Danielle Gusmaroli writes about Cher on the VMAs for London's Daily Mirror. Remember that Cher's movie debuts Thanskgiving and is entitled Burlesque. And remember she's still NOT in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Let's make this the year she gets in.
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