But I was wrong.
The film industry was blasted last week by veteran actresses Juliet Stevenson and Bridget Jones’ diary star Gemma Jones who said male executives only cast ‘nubile and beautiful young women’.Now, forgive me if I've got something out of kilter here, but aren't actresses of a motherly age more suited to film roles which portray them as, well, mothers?
Actors of their age are only offered ‘mother roles’, they claimed and it is having a devastating impact on mature female talent.
Naturally, Hairy is incensed.
I cannot think of another industry that embraces such an ageist attitude or indeed where it is accepted practice to discriminate against older women so overtly.She's got a bloody point, you know.
I mean, why wasn't Stevenson cast in the Hannah Montana movie, eh? Or Gemma Jones given the role of Hermione in the last Harry Potter offering? Blatant ageism!
The picture is bleak for so many women because the executives are male and looking for young actresses.Err, probably because the script, or the paying audience, kinda dictates that the story requires one. Doncha think, Hairy?
Being Labour, of course Hairy wants more laws.
Britain is legislated up to the hilt against employers who would consider using ageist policies within their work environment, you are (quite rightly in my view), not even allowed to ask a persons age within an application for a new job. Yet it has become accepted practice in the acting world in a way it wouldn’t be anywhere else.I can see it now, Judi Dench rocking up and demanding to be given equal chance of playing a teen crack addict in Noel Clarke's next urban drama. And screaming age-related prejudice when she fails the audition.
Did I mention that we pay Hairy £350,000 per year for this execrable guff?