When I was 49, the constant letters from AARP were bad enough.
Eight years later, it’s Time magazine’s turn to take a cheap shot.
Time’s special offer arrived in the mail the other day, a discount subscription “for senior citizen use only.”
That was just one of three uses of “senior citizen” on the top half of the order form. In case we forgot, I suppose.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the mailer featured a photo of Robert Redford looking … um … well, like he’s “had some work done.” Yes, his face shows some well-earned “character lines,” but the hair — whatever shade that is — has got to go.
I admire Redford, 78, for his acting skills, environmental activism and support of other visual artists via the Sundance Film Festival. But not as a shrinking news magazine’s answer to Wilford Brimley.
Time’s offer is a fair one — $20 for up to 18 months of the weekly, not to mention a (REDUNDANCY ALERT!) “free gift” of some sort of weather clock. But the senior citizen thing is a buzzkill.
As Redford said in a scene from a certain well-known film, “I don’t mind what you did. I mind the way you did it.”
So I won’t subscribe. I don’t want to be reminded every week that I am considered part of the grumpy old man demographic, shuffling out to the mailbox in slippers.
Perhaps in another 20 years I’ll reconsider. Does anyone know if Time publishes a large-print edition?