Tags: aging/life course, bodies, ageism, comedy, stereotypes, 21 to 60 mins
Access: no online access (trailer here)
Summary: According to the show's creators, "'Betty White's Off Their Rockers'" takes senior stereotypes and blows them out of the water with a cast of sassy septuagenarians who are hip, sexy and ready to party!" The show features seniors who routinely prank young adults in hilarious situations. Season 1, episode 1 of the show offers a great platform for a discussion about ageism and stereotypes about the elderly (although all episodes to date also seem to be great for this). When using the episode in class, I had my students take notes on underlying stereotypes that make the show shocking and funny. We discussed that societal norms can sometimes most clearly be seen in showing their opposite. My students quickly picked up that the show would not be shocking if other age groups were doing these things. They also noticed that the show assumes elderly people are not sexual, do not have fun, and are not energetic or lively. It was a fun way to start a conversation about our section on aging.
Submitted By: @iamtjones
7/10/2013 06:57:41 am
I think this could be a useful springboard for class debate - over whether the show breaks down age stereotypes, or further reinforces them (or both)- for instance, see this more negative response to the show by Marc Middleton in the Huffington Post:
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