Elderism #43

March 5th, 2009

Can I just say that Chita is one of my all-time favorite names, alongside Marshall, Viv, and Ethelred? So it was an especial treat to see the greatest of the Chitas–that’s Miss Rivera to you, bub–get some love in yesterday’s New York Post. In reference to the new Broadway revival of West Side Story, original cast member Rivera was asked how one should play a Puerto Rican correctly. The 76 year-old triple threat, having said earlier in the interview, “You never want to be called a spic,” now specified,

“You have to be really smart and elegant. We are an elegant tribe.”