Like a hip-hop artist desperately promoting an upcoming album by dissing a revered rapper, Martin Amis, who has a book release set for next week, is taking on a whole set of venerable veterans: the elderly.
“There’ll be a population of demented very old people, like an invasion of terrible immigrants, stinking out the restaurants and cafes and shops. I can imagine a sort of civil war between the old and the young in 10 or 15 years’ time,” he tells the Sunday Times, before suggesting euthanasia booths on street corners. As you can imagine, Britain's senior citizens are outraged! Well, politely perturbed, if this old and decrepit writer is to be paid the least bit of attention. "Ageism seems to me almost indistinguishable from racism," she rambles aimlessly. Shh, dear, it's alright. I'll get you some tea, just settle down.
Amis is, of course, old himself, which makes one think he may be having a laugh, as do his previous comments on Britain's Muslim community. And he only made himself look more ridiculous by snuggling up even closer to the desperate rapper analogy upon seriously disrespecting Young Coetzee, the head South African in charge, the motherfuckin' don of this here writin' shit.
Whether Amis is joking or is a joke remains to be seen.