A tribute to Whitney Houston has been made in a variety of ways, and some of the more interesting ones are showing up on the Internet. For example — the 90-yar-old woman dancing to her favorite Houston song.
Is there something wrong with the granny in this video “gettin’ down” in tribute to Whitney Houston? Absolutely not —she is fantastic — how many people her age could stay “on stage” as long as she does? It’s evidence that old people can still feel and enjoy life. More old people would fare better if they moved more.
That said, Internet videos have become the circus barker of yesteryear, inviting the curious to take a peek at the bizarre. In times past, people who were “different” could be seen as part of a circus sideshow: The bearded lady; the Siamese twins; the seven-foot tall iron man. Now we can see all such anomalies on the Internet, including “dancing granny” videos, some clearly inappropriate and make the women appear non compos mentis.
Most people who watch the video think it’s cute. I do, but at the same time, it’s disturbing. Wouldn’t it be great if we could see the granny in the video doing something that inspired other 90-year-olds to be more than a source of amusement?
Instead of seeing old people behaving like teenagers I want to see videos of old people who continue to use their skills, education and intelligence to dispel the myth that old people are mentally over the hill and the only value they have is to provide entertainment for those who take pleasure in seeing senility in action. I want to see videos that inspire older women to continue to reach their potential.
I know such videos exist on the Internet, but it’s unfortunate when news outlets pick up and run with the video of granny gyrating instead of the granny who is teaching kids to read, or the granny who is holding public office, or the granny who still works (God forbid!) and instead of being a burden on her family or society, is holding her own and even doing for others.
I am especially irritated with Bill O’Reilly on this issue. Although he was not the only one to show the video, he made a snarky remark about her age – which is not the first time he has made a sniping comment about an older person’s age. Bill often tells viewers who disagree with his comments to “wise up” – he needs to wise up on the age issue. He’s getting up there himself. I’m looking forward to seeing his “dancing grandpa” video any day now.
On a positive note, please watch this video of a 90-year-old couple playing the piano. It’s funny but inspiring. Perhaps it will encourage you to ignite some latent creativity. Whatever it may be, you are not too old to do it!