Everyday Ageism: CHRISTA D’SOUZA says she hopes to see cases of reverse discrimination

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  • Krista D’Souza reveals she sat next to a famous British actor this weekend
  • Says he is ready to play a historical character who is 20 years younger than him
  • UK-based columnist argues he hopes reserved age discrimination case

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This is the last tolerable bias. But Femmel had enough. Now is the time to remember those day-to-day moments when we are patronized for not being young…

I was sitting next to a famous British character actor over the weekend. He was telling me about a part of a big budget historical TV drama.

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The actual person he was playing was, in fact, almost 20 years younger than my friend, who is in his late 50s, if not early 60s – which surprised him because it Usually the other way around (the actor is 20 years younger than the real life character, that is).

There were two reasons for this, he thought. One is that the makers didn’t bother to research their facts properly. The second was that he didn’t care – he thought my friend would be perfect for the role.

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A case of age discrimination? I hope

Netflix hit Bridgeton Reverse is plowing new territory in terms of race discrimination. Surely that’s what it takes to be a good actor? Getting to the essence of a character rather than ‘looking the part’.

I’m not saying I loved the Bridgerton – it was just too yummy for my tastes. But it did set an example. Extend that example to ‘old men’, say my actor friends and I.

Christa D’Souza (pictured) urges people not to internalize when they are sitting next to an older person

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