Friday, 2 March 2012

Of Engelbert Humperdinck and Blatant Ageism

I awoke this morning to the news that Engelbert Humperdinck has been chosen to represent the UK in the Eurovision song contest. And why not? He's got a superb voice and has had more hits than most individuals or groups that have entered the competition over the many decades that it has been running. I've yet to hear a radio report that doesn't mention his age and many have been either patronizing or damn right ageist.
Google the Susan Boyle video of her debut on "Britain's Got Talent" and the first thing you hear is Simon Cowel demanding to know "what's your age luv" (ageist and sexist in four words - now that takes some beating). Watch "Weakest link" and the first thing contestants are required to do is state how old they are.

Wasn't age discrimination outlawed a good while ago? We're clearly still obsessed with age or at least youth. Now there's something to sing about Engelbert.


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