This morning on the third hour of The Today Show, Kathy Lee Gifford held up a photo showing her and co-host, Hoda Kotb, hugging Beyonce. Pointing to the photo, Kathy Lee quipped: “This is why women over fifty should retire.“
Kathy may think she was making a cute, self-effacing comment, but I think it was dumb. Kathy, why did you limit your remark to FOF women? Maybe every woman who doesn’t look like Beyonce should retire. Overweight women, women who have blemishes on their faces, women with thin hair, women who can’t sing. Get the point?
“Perhaps Kathy wishes she looked like Beyonce. But when you insult yourself like she did, you’re actually insulting everyone in your age group,” said my sister, Shelley, who was offended by her remark.
I like watching Kathy Lee. I don’t like what she said.
Coincidentally, a FOF friend emailed me yesterday about a similar situation on another show, where they held up a photo of Lauren Hutton, who is in a wheelchair after she ripped her ACL surfing. “It’s too bad that she injured her ACL, BUT to have done it while surfing at 66. At her age she’s still surfing. Isn’t that wonderful everybody!” said the host of the show.