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There are 8 comments on Is Nikki Haley Guilty of Ageism with Her “Grumpy Old Men” Ad?

  1. It’s not ageism to think that an 80 year old should not be running the United States of America. There are not any other 80 year olds who still have a job, especially one that’s as important as this.

  2. One tends to cultivate curmudgeonly aspects when one feels an inability to contribute to, or control, aspects of the surrounding world. Me included. We live in a time of an unprecedented number of homeless senior citizens, and we must admit there are plenty of cruel and unfair stereotypes that go around, but most just don’t apply to geezers who run for president. Press coverage may validate the hypothesis that Biden and Trump exhibit curmudgeon-like behavior, but they have adequate opportunity to control and contribute to their surroundings, and so we might stop to look at what brings out the curmudgeon in them, … but let’s save that for another day!

    Although Trump may apply ageism stereotypes to women half his age, and it may be fun to see him on the receiving end of his behavior, and the ads seem “fair” in some sense, I’d doubt that Nikki Haley’s ads add to the debate on what we expect of presidential character, (even if that is what the voters need of her). For this reason, I’d prefer to not drag Gen-Z into the discussion.

    For an alternate perspective I’d like to point to a certified curmudgeon who exercises some intellectual humility, Bernie Sanders, who has no problem connecting with Gen-Zers, and when reporters catch him sitting outside in Winter with disproportionality large mitts and a huge tea cozy of a hat, Gen-Zers deem him adorable! Maybe they’re on to something which Nikki Haley doesn’t get.

    What do I know? I’m just an old white guy whose family can readily testify to my abilities as a curmudgeon.

  3. As a 71-year-old BU student (STH ’24), I must say that I think Haley’s “Grumpy Old Men” ad is in poor taste but I agree that neither Biden nor Trump is fit to be president. Age is one factor that leads me to this opinion.

  4. Ageism. Ugh! If you’re lucky, you’ll live long enough to experience an aging life that is fruitful and vibrant. However, one’s contributions and declining viability depends on genes and life choices. Age is only one factor that determines one’s capability. The 2024 election is about whether you prefer Biden, who’s about protecting our rights and freedom, or a mean and nasty curmudgeon who’s told us of his plan to be a dictator. Or choose Haley who’s already affirmed that she’ll pardon the mean and nasty curmudgeon — no matter the nature of the crime or the number of crimes committed. Yup, I too, am a curmudgeon.

  5. Nikki Haley clearly discriminates against the elderly. The tests that she wants the elderly to take she should take herself. I’m 66 and will be 67 in a few months. Haley puts an age on the test so that she can weasel out of responsibility herself. Not trustworthy and can be bought.

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