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What is Ageism and What Is Not?

Posted Nov 13 2012 8:30am

[EDITORIAL NOTE: A reader sent me the video that is the topic of today's post, but I've lost the message so please accept my apologies for not mentioning your name.


UPDATE: Some of you are having trouble seeing the video. There is nothing wrong with embed but there could be a zillion things causing in your browser to cause it now to play. Most of difficulties have to do with out-of-date plugins such as Flash, Java, Quicktime, etc.

This happens most often with non-YouTube videos. I cannot fix it at this end. It is something in your browser. For Firefox users, here is a page of potential fixes .

You can also view the clip at NBC but if the problem is with your browser settings, updates, etc. it will not play there either.

category_bug_ageism.gif Let me proclaim up front that I am a big-time fan – have been for a long time - of comedian, Louis C.K. He's filthy, profane, mean, bizarre, nasty, offensive and when, after a couple of viewings, you get over all that, he is also laugh-out-loud funny.

Louis regularly goes right up to the edge of decency, then steps over it and stomps around in the mess he's made. But when he's finished and takes his bow, you've been poked in the ribs with a new perspective or two on something you had not considered that way before.

On the weekend following Hurricane Sandy, Louis C.K. hosted Saturday Night Live and although his opening monologue touched on the storm, the main topic was the story of his encounter with an old woman at JFK airport.

That's all I'm going to say. Just watch the video (he cleans up his act a lot for television), watch the whole thing and then we'll talk some more on the other side.

So did you laugh? I sure did - in all the places he intended us to. Then I watched it again and laughed some more.

In the first half of the piece, I was offended for all the old ladies who have ever been made fun of in such a manner. But then Louis C.K. did what he does so often and so well – a complete reversal exposing his sweet and vulnerable side...

You know what? Never mind. It's never a good thing to analyze comedy.

Tell us where you stand on this.


At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Mary Daniels Brown: The March for Women's Lives, 2004

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