Wednesday 7 December 2016

Taking a stand against ageism

Published 21/08/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- I have just read Emer O'Kelly's article in which she mentions my ageism case against the BBC. She commented on my views regarding ageism by taking part of an interview I did with The Big Issue magazine completely out of context.

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The Big Issue article was about the lack of roles for older women as romantic leads in film. In that interview I was asked about my views on older women and sexuality in this context. My views on older women and the way they are treated once they reach a certain age in TV are well documented; she could have used one of those quotes if she had wanted to represent me and the case I took fairly.

Reading the article it gives the impression that the ageism case I brought against BBC TV had something to do with sex, and in Ms O'Kelly's opinion those views are representative of someone 'planning a career as a porn star'. This is not only inaccurate reporting, but it's deeply offensive and defamatory.

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