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Emmy Roundtable Video Featuring Women in Comedy Discussing Ageism

Funny Ladies: Ageism Is No Joke

It ain't easy being a funny woman in Hollywood. We've often heard how few good roles are written for women over 35, but the facts really hit home in this video from The Hollywood Reporter's Emmy roundtable featuring women in comedy.

In it, Sarah Silverman talks about auditioning to play Jonah Hill's mother, and Amy Poehler points out that she was just eight years older than Rachel McAdams, who played her daughter in Mean Girls. Not surprisingly, the women lighten the weighty topic with plenty of humor. When Christina Applegate says she was told she was too old for a magazine cover, Silverman jokes "and it was More!"

But seriously, why are women this awesome so often considered over the hill? Why is it easier for men to grow older in Tinseltown?

cherryblossom cherryblossom 8 years
not even then if your heads in the right place
cherryblossom cherryblossom 8 years
youre not old until your like 75
Rouge-Noir Rouge-Noir 8 years
I'm guessing it's because most Big Whig studio execs are (older) men, that's probably why. Hollywood gender roles are a reflection of their ideal world, where men only get more virile with age and young women live to adore them. That being said, ageism seems to have crossed the gender barrier in recent years. Now it affects men too, which from a feminist point of view may be seen as poetic justice. I think ageism is sad and sickening period.
Tech Tech 8 years
Oh, to have a seat at that table.
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 8 years
because there are no roles for women except for the hot chick, the mom, or the nagging girlfriend. if writers started writing complex, likable roles for women over 21, we wouldn't really have this problem.
PontNeuf PontNeuf 8 years
Men are viewed more as people than are women. They're allowed to get older and more complex. We tend to be objects that outlive their usefulness. Certainly, we can be funny, smart and interesting, but unless we're also hot, nobody cares.
MSucre MSucre 8 years
It's really interesting to see these successful, hilarious women talking like this -- just like all women do when they get together :)
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