People Magazine Skips De Niro’s Age But Happily Reveals His Girlfriend’s

It does not bother me that Robert De Niro chose to bring new life into the world at the age of 80. It also doesn’t bother me that his girlfriend’s age is nearly half of that. It’s a free country, and folks can do whatever they please with their reproductive powers. I am; however, filled with blind rage about the media’s hypocritical treatment of late-in-life fathers versus mothers in the same position. People Magazine is no exception.

In a new article to promote De Niro’s latest film, Killers of the Flower Moon, People Magazine did a cover story on the two-time Oscar winner, and they listed every person’s age except De Niro’s. That includes his girlfriend and all of his children.

People Magazine is a symptom of a larger, sexist problem among the general population and the media at large. When Hilary Swank gave birth in her forties, she was forced to defend her choice after a plethora of online attacks. She’s one of many women in the spotlight who have chosen to have children in their forties, and People Magazine is free to feature them in a cover story about motherhood as a means of reducing the stigma — and they have chosen not to do so. I’ve had enough.

I am guessing there was a negotiation between De Niro’s team and People Magazine to exclude his age from the piece. I’m fine with that. But then don’t include anyone else’s either, especially his girlfriend’s.

Robert De Niro Apologizes to Michelle Obama: Fire His Joke Writer?

Robert De Niro was forced to apologize for a joke I’m confident he didn’t write. The debacle began at a Democratic fundraiser when De Niro introduced the First Lady, saying, “Callista Gingrich, Karen Santorum, Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?” Michelle Obama wasn’t pleased, calling his comment “inappropriate.” De Niro quickly apologized. Since this isn’t the first time De Niro has failed at joke-telling (see his Lifetime Achievement Award speech at the Golden Globes), I’m confident they aren’t his jokes he’s telling. He’s notorious for avoiding public appearances, and he rarely grants interviews. In fact, he only publicly promotes the films which he produces, because he has a financial stake in their success (see Meet the Fockers), and when he does — he never tells jokes. So what’s my point? I know he’s responsible for the joke-gone-wrong, but cut the guy some slack. Contrary to the barbs being thrown at him, sometimes a bad joke really is just a bad joke.

Golden Globes Recap: Did Robert De Niro Hire Comedy Writers for His Speech?

Robert De Niro accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award at last night’s Golden Globes, and he clearly hired comedy writers for his speech. It’s common knowledge in Hollywood that De Niro hates doing interviews, and hates public speaking. That’s why you rarely see him promote his movies on late night talk shows (unless of course he produced the movie, in which case he promotes the hell out of it, because it’s more money in his pocket). That explains why he would try to be funny, and why he would hire outside writers for help. The only funny joke in the entire speech was his self-deprecating jab at Little Fockers, saying, saying, he’s “glad the Hollywood Foreign Press decided to give him the award two months ago, well before they had a chance to review Little Fockers.” Other than that, he made some very inappropriate jokes that didn’t fit his personality at all. Can’t the guy just get up there and give a thank you speech that he wrote himself? Sure, it might be boring. But it wouldn’t be inappropriate.