ESCONDIDO, Calif., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- While everyone loves Betty White,
not everybody loves her TV show, "Off Their Rockers" according to octogenarian
anti-aging expert Barbara Morris, editor, and publisher of the online Put Old on
Hold Journal and e-Magazine.
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Morris, author of Put Old on Hold, a book acclaimed by Florence Henderson and
other celebrities for its non-traditional approach to aging, says that while she
admires Betty White's energy and creative ability, the premise of "Off Their
Rockers" is so distasteful that Morris doesn't understand why Betty can't see
that she is not doing old people a favor with the show's premise of seniors
pulling pranks on unsuspecting folks. The "unsuspecting folks" are usually
embarrassed young people. "The whole idea is embarrassing to a lot of us older
folks, too," says Barbara Morris.
"Why did Betty decide to do this show?" asks Ms. Morris. "Is it because she is
so confident and so vibrant that she can't understand that most of her audience
doesn't grasp that she is trying to spoof the pathetic stereotype of "old" and
see it as confirming it instead? Maybe she is so focused on getting a laugh that
she doesn't see the damage she's doing."
"Regardless of her reason to create this misguided show and no matter how good
her reason, it's still damaging to all of us who ever get old enough to fall
prey to the 'old people eventually lose it' stereotype," asserts Morris. "She is
undoing the very thing that we love her for--being vibrant and funny and "with
it" in her 90's."
Morris continued, "We appreciate and applaud Betty White. But she needs to give
us respect in return. Participating in a show that's demeaning to older people
is simply not the right thing to do. In so many ways Betty could use her talent,
energy, and experience to choose projects that more accurately reflect the
caliber, talent and continued competence of old people." In the meantime, says
Morris, "It's time to retire "Off Their Rockers." It never belonged on the air
in the first place."
Barbara Morris, 84, is a pharmacist, writer, and anti-aging expert who lives the
productive lifestyle she advocates. In addition to her monthly Put Old on Hold
Journal and e-Magazine her books include Put Old on Hold, No More Little Old
Ladies, Why, Boomer Women Become Their Mothers, and I'm Not Goin' There! Click
here for the full critique of "Off Their Rockers"
Contact name: Barbara Morris
Phone number: 760-480-2710
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SOURCE Barbara Morris, R.Ph.