Having a dig at someone because of their age is still acceptable

Everyday Ageism: CHRISTA D’SOUZA says woke as we are all meant to be, having a dig at someone because of their age is still perfectly acceptable

  • Elon Musk tweeted there should be an age limit for running for political office
  • Christa D’Souza says many people wouldn’t be embarrassed to agree with Musk
  • UK-based columnist argues wokeness should extend to older people 

It’s the last tolerated prejudice. But Femail’s had enough. It’s time we called out those day-to-day moments when we’re patronised for no longer being young…

The latest winner of the Everyday Ageism Award? Elon Musk. ‘Let’s set an age limit after which you can’t run for political office,’ he tweeted recently. ‘Perhaps a number just below 70.’

Musk is the master provocateur of course — which is why he was recently named Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year — but you can see how that’s not going to resonate in a country where the current president is 79.

Christa D’Souza (pictured) says many people worldwide wouldn’t be embarrassed at publicly agreeing with Elon Musk’s suggestion there should be an age limit for running for political office

Is Biden fit for office? That’s not the point here. The point is the amount of people worldwide who wouldn’t be embarrassed at publicly agreeing with Musk. Woke as we are all meant to be, having a dig at someone because of their age is still perfectly acceptable.

When his Twitter sparring partner Senator Bernie Sanders, 80, demanded that extremely wealthy Americans like himself pay proper taxes, Musk’s response was: ‘I keep forgetting that you’re still alive.’ 

If, say, I am offending people for saying ‘breastfeeding’ instead of ‘chestfeeding’ or admitting in public that I stand with J K Rowling (and this applies to me when the kids are over), how can that be right? Wokeness should surely extend to us older folk, too?


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