Self-deprecating remark about age goes unchallenged
A MAN is taking legal action after colleagues failed to reassure him when he joked about films being in black and white when he was young.
54-year-old office worker Roy Hobbs made extensive remarks about how grey and wizened he looks, with the express intention of getting people to contradict him or even to tell him they think men his age are sexy.
He said: “When you make a joke about your personal appearance people are bound by social convention to disagree with you, not nod their heads and go ‘yeah.’
“When Hazel from purchase ledger said she couldn’t wear a tight dress what with her figure, everyone told her she’d look ‘lush’ in it even though they knew she’d actually look like minced pork stuffed into a condom.”
Hobbs said he felt the reaction were both ageist and sexist and is consulting a lawyer.
Hobb’s co-worker Stephen Malley said: “People made that comment to Hazel because she is nice, while Roy is a miserable sod who never buys any biscuits.
“Probably because, as he says, the shops no longer accept groats and farthings.”