In response to remarks CNN's Don Lemon made about when women are in their "prime," actress Patricia Heaton took to social media and listed many of her own accomplishments, urging other women to do the same.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who has mounted a presidential bid, called for "mandatory mental competency tests for politicians over 75 years old." Haley is 51.
Lemon said that he is "uncomfortable" focusing on the issue of age and he said that Haley is not in her prime. The media figure claimed that a Google search about when women are in their prime would yield results indicating that women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are in their prime, though he added that he was not saying that he agreed with that notion.
Lemon later issued a tweet expressing regret over his comments. "The reference I made to a woman’s 'prime' this morning was inartful and irrelevant, as colleagues and loved ones have pointed out, and I regret it. A woman's age doesn't define her either personally or professionally. I have countless women in my life who prove that every day," he wrote.
Haley responded, "To be clear, I am NOT calling for competency tests for Sexist middle-aged CNN anchors; only for people who make our laws and are 75+."
Heaton, who is 64, urged women to share what they have accomplished over the age of 50 and shared a list featuring some of her own achievements.
"Hey Ladies - @donlemon thinks women over 50 are past their prime! Let's start #primetime and list some of the things we've accomplished in these glorious later years. I'll start:- Produced the comedy feature Unexpected (available on iTunes/AmazinPrime) #primetime," Heaton tweeted.
"Wrote and published the book Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention (Simon and Schuster)," she noted in another tweet. "Produced and starred in the sitcom Carol's Second Act for CBS," she added. "Starred in the @ABCNetwork hit show @TheMiddle_TV," she said in another post. Heaton also listed other accomplishments in the thread.
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