Words can barely describe how happy I was to see this article in “Los Angeles Magazine” when it made its debut yesterday. I’m almost the same age as Paulina Porizkova, and anyone who knows me knows that I don’t feel old at all. I work hard to keep myself from decaying like the rest of you cranky, old buzzards and barely-reanimated corpses.
I’m kidding! There are plenty of people just like me and Paulina who do feel as if we’re an afterthought when it comes to “Hollywood and Madison Avenue,” as the passage above mentions. In fact, I’ve written some pretty scathing blog posts about my experience with the casting crew of “Big Brother Canada” and their flagrant discrimination against anyone over the age of forty. I’ve been to a couple of casting calls where the other hopefuls have literally told me that I was “the biggest competition” in the lineup. Even former house guest and “Big Brother” superfan Ross Mathews told me that I would be perfect for the show when I was a guest on his “Straight Talk” podcast not even a year ago. Still, I haven’t made it further than the initial group interview. Of course, they tell me that I look great for my age, but once they know exactly how old I am, the process ends.
So, I’m going to take some inspiration from my age-defying idol and I’m going to send in an audition video to “Big Brother Canada” that lets them know exactly what I think of their discriminatory casting process. If I get a second interview, great. If I burn a bridge with the casting company, big deal. In either case, they need to know that we see what they’re doing. They can write us “olds” off at their own peril. As the article above mentions, we’ve got the money.
Anyway, I’m not surprised that Paulina is the one spearheading this movement. She’s an Aries with a pioneering spirit that she shares with a couple of my Aries friends from high school. In fact, she was born on the same day as one of my friends who was the BFF of another friend (born just a few days earlier) who has gone on to become a TV executive with the parent company of CBS. For some reason, I’ve formed some very strong relationships with Aries kids of that generation. I believe that has something to do with a preponderance of planets in Virgo and Pisces in our charts that has allowed us to find some common ground. Normally, I butt heads with my ovine cousins. I’m a Capricorn: that’s just what happens when goats meet rams.
But I digress! This post is supposed to be my declaration to the universe that I’m going to apply to be on “Big Brother Canada.” I encourage others from my generation to join me. Maybe if enough of us let them know that they’ve been ignoring us, they’ll do something to change it. And maybe we won’t have to watch a bunch of twenty-year-old kids crying in the diary room because it’s their first time away from home. Boo fucking hoo! I can thank my lucky stars that my advanced age has made my skin a little too thick for that sort of bullshit.