You know, if we are lucky. Until then, I have a serious issue with ageism. And it hurts us all. I'm sure Babs is an asshole at times, but this quote:
To be fair, the lady is 84. It's very possible that she wasn't "rude and entitled," but genuinely confused and in need of lots of help with simple tasks. But she's a national treasure, so it's more comforting to think that she's an asshole instead of a feeble old lady.
This is bullshit and ok, because I'm sure most people will just be like "HA, OLD PEOPLE". If she was that confused, she'd be out of the media entirely, maybe but regardless, picking on her age and making stereotypes is making assumptions and mocking qualities that she cannot change or control.
You know the whole 7 stages of man in As You Like It, where we view the elderly as a fool and a non-entity, is rampant in our society, cruel and devaluing and shows how we no longer value sectors of society.
The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
FROM SHAKESPEARE'S ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE
I'd include people who become disabled because of aging—society as a whole treat them like a burden and no longer a value in society, because diminished cognitive capacity apparently makes you a convenient butt of jokes and people who deserved to be warehoused and forgotten.
ps. I posted a lot today. LAST ONE, I SWEAR.