The Hollywood Perspective on Ageism

Follow the debate on whether Hollywood is changing its ageist views.

Hollywood tends to be the bell cow for new trends and changing attitudes.  Lots of talk lately centers on how age barriers in the entertainment world are breaking down, and there are some good examples.  But a recent panel of celebrities, writers, producers and agents put this “trend” in perspective.

Next Avenue offers snippets of the conversation or you can find more detail and a video of the discussion at Ageism in Hollywood on Facebook.

Here’s a sample comment from comedian Kathy Griffin: “I’m actually surprised I’m experiencing so much ageism because I particularly went into this field thinking it doesn’t really matter what I look like as long as I’m making people laugh.  But it does.”