Is Hollywood ageism sexist?

Penelope Cruz is sick of being asked about ageing, but is it just about women?

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Hollywood hates growing old

By Diane Cooke

Ageism and Hollywood go together like tea with milk (cream for US readers). But unlike a good cuppa, ageism leaves something of a sour taste in the mouth of the, mainly female, victims. recently reported the sorry tale of an actress: Orange Is the Black’s Jamie Denbo, who plays Ginsberg on the Netflix series.

“I was just informed that at the age of 43, I am TOO OLD to play the wife of a 57-year-old,” Denbo Tweeted.

While she did not identify the project or the character for which she auditioned, the actress did reveal that the fictional husband and wife supposedly had an 18-year-old daughter.

“The real wife of the 57-year-old actor is EASILY AT LEAST 50,” Denbo continued. “But this f....r wants to be TV married to a 38-year-old -TOPS. . .I am TOO OLD to be the mother of an 18-year-old.”

Denbo clarified that the character was not some young, second wife either.

“This is a FIRST marriage, btw,” she added. “Not a re-wife. Which would make a little more sense.”

“Old white men, enjoy your last run,” Denbo concluded. “We are all f.....g done with you lizards.”

In 2014, before the Golden Globes became the place for Meryl Streep (pictured) slagging off President Trump, it was noteworthy for a different Streep-related zinger, this one courtesy of co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

“Meryl Streep is so brilliant in August: Osage County,” Fey said during the pair's opening monologue, “proving that there are still great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60.”

The audience laughed, and Streep acknowledged the remark with a knowing nod.

And if we needed any more evidence that actresses are being done over by virtue of their age, then get this!

In a recent study USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism analysed 1,256 speaking parts in 25 movies that received Best Picture Oscar nominations from 2014 to 2016.

It found that only 148 (12 per cent) of those characters were 60 years of age or older—and, of those 148 characters, 78 per cent were men and 22 per cent were women. That's 3.5 men for every woman in an already tiny category.

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Penelope Cruz is sick of being asked about ageing

The issue of sexism in Hollywood is nothing new. As actresses get older, they are faced with less roles and more and more questions about how it feels to age in the film industry.

Penelope Cruz is the latest famous face to open up about ageism. With an illustrious acting career that started at the tender age of 16, Cruz has had her fair share of movie highs.

But she has also faced inane questions by the media since her early twenties.

Speaking to Gwyneth Paltrow in Interview magazine, the now 43-year-old admitted to being tired of being asked "crazy" questions about her age.

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