Recently, my friend was turned away from America’s Next Top Model tryouts because they deemed her to be too old.
My friend is 29.
I can’t believe that at 29 we are facing degrees of age-discrimination; particularly when it comes to the realm of reality TV. Does reality TV have the right to turn its nose up at anyone? That was a rhetorical question, of course – especially when there are shows that are as tasteless as For the Love of Ray J, Ricki & Vicki, Tila Tequila….I could go on.
Apparently, TV execs have determined that there should be a cut-off age for making an ass of yourself. The good news is, if you’re absolutely determined to make an ass out of yourself it seems like VHI will oblige you, well into your 60’s….I digress.
In case you didn’t know, The Real World’s cut off age is 25, and American Idol’s cut off age is 28.
So there you have it…apparently, after the age of 25 we’re no longer qualified to fight with housemates and gratuitously make-out in hot tubs, and after the age of 29 our vocal chords are all dried up.
DS Download: One thing I’m certain of is that you’re never too old to make an ass out of yourself. I’m also certain that we get better and smarter as we age; perhaps that’s why people my age, and older have been disqualified from appearing on some of the shows we actually watch. Imagine these scenarios:
- Tyra attempting to give a 30 year old ANTM contestant a lesson on dressing for a red carpet event…that 30 year old would cut her right off with a response like “before you give me a lesson, can you please explain your red carpet appearance at Fashion Rocks 2008?”
- A 30 year old American Idol contestant taking vocal and style criticism from Paula Abdul – it wouldn’t happen. You could imagine that 30 year old immediately cutting Paula off and saying something along the lines of “excuse me Paula, I was born in the 70’s and I’m old enough to remember Opposites Attract and Mc Skat Kat…please don’t try it Paula.”
I guess TV execs just recognize that some of us become more feisty and set in our ways as we age and they’d rather leave reality TV to the doe eyed, inexperienced set. When you’re 19, you can sit down and let Miss Jay from ANTM tell you how poorly you are dressing . When you’re 30 you look at Miss Jay – up-do, lip-gloss, 80’s prom dress and all – cackle slightly, and immediately say thank you for the style tips, but I’ll stick with what I’m working with!
That’s the confidence that 30 brings…I hope 🙂