A Boomer Goes to the Golden GlobesJanuary 13th, 2014
It’s tough to watch women publicly morph from hottie into “looks good for her age.”
Jacqueline Bisset was 33 when she starred in “The Deep” and instantly became the world’s most desirable woman. She still rocked into her 60s, but now she’s almost 70, and she looks pretty bad, and it seems her mind is wandering, too. Jessica Lange, who once scorched the screen and had grand love affairs, is only 64, yet “hot” hardly applies. This was sobering and I felt it personally.
I also felt a pang that, after 50 years of taking ownership of pop culture, Boomers are now sharing the spotlight with Gen X and Millennials. Before, almost all of the nominees and presenters at awards shows were “about my age.” Same clothes and hair, we listened to the same songs, watched the same TV shows. Even the advertisers wooed me.
But, not last night. Last night, I hadn’t seen all the movies and TV shows, there were a few celebrities I hadn’t heard of, many of the people on the stage were the age of my own children, some of the dresses would be inappropriate for me. Not everybody was about my age.
Our 50-year reign is over. Now, Boomers are just one of many demographics at the table. This, too, was sobering.
…and on a lighter note:
“The Virginia Slims ‘You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby’ Award” to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. In the 80s, when I was a disc jockey, radio researchers claimed that listeners wouldn’t tolerate two female songs back to back, which limited the number of women on the charts. Fast forward to last night’s Golden Globes, MC’d by two women, side by side, hosting a big deal international TV show. That’s A Long, Long Way, Baby.