The general tenor of the coverage is as follows:
Get this: She is 55.
What does she look like, dude?
She has rock hard abs!
Since this story also featured a video of the grandma, Sharon Simmons, competing with hundreds of other (younger) women, it snagged a lot of attention. Did we mention it’s all about looks?
Simmons is a fitness instructor who, as luck would have it, has landed a role in the upcoming remake of the TV series “Dallas.’’ You know, the show with the famous cliffhanger, “Who shot J.R.?’’ and a bunch of beautiful women.
The show is about a divorced mother of two who moves back to a fictional Dallas suburb which bears a striking resemblance to the elite enclave of Highland Park. GCB’s been called a Christian-bashing version of “Desperate Housewives.’’ What’s not to love?
Meanwhile, Simmons, the granny cheerleader, has displayed her own marketing savvy as author of the book "Triple F: Fifty, Fit and Fabulous."
Despite those accomplishments, she told interviewers that trying out for cheerleader was the fulfillment of a dream she’d delayed since she was in her 20s.
To that, I say brava. Let each and every one of us in her 50s enthusiastically tackle a dream deferred.
Let us affirm each sister’s choice, however trivial it may seem.
And let us pray for a day when an attractive 55-year-old woman is not derisively marginalized as a “grandma,’’ even as fit, active men the same age are referred to as “athletes.’’
Lori Stahl covers politics in Texas. Follow her on Twitter at @LoriStahl.