Cougar Chatter: Emma Thompson is Not Amused

Emma Thompson's cougar diss.

By the MORE Cougar Café Editors
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In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Emma Thompson said of the Hollywood cougar phenom, "I don’t get it. It seems predatory and I don’t really approve." The actress, who is seven years older than her husband (actor Greg Wise), added, "I am a happily married woman, but, even if I was single, I wouldn’t be up for it."  (11/9/10)
         
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Cougar pride: 69% of the men surveyed by the Facebook dating app AreYouInterested.com said they’d dated an older woman; 76% of the women had dated a younger man, and 73% of the women said they wouldn’t mind being called a cougar.  (10/28/10)

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"Watching one of the High School Musicals with my son. The cougar in me loves Zac Efron"—tweeted by Elizabeth Hurley, who would surely enjoy checking out Zac and the 31 other hot young guys in our Cougar Bait slideshow(8/26/10)

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A study in Britain calls the cougar phenom a "myth" and claims that "cougar women do not exist"! Read our interview with the lead researcher here(8/20/10)

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We’ve heard of kissing a frog and getting a prince, but how about a prince kissing a cougar? In a 2006 interview with London’s Daily Mail, then 34-year-old designer Catherine Davies described a passionate smooch with Britain’s Prince Harry, 13 years her junior. "I was quite taken aback by him," she told the paper.  "He’s very mature." The two met during a night out with mutual friends. (Prince Harry’s PR representative declined to comment). Davies is back in the news: Watch for Catherine (along with accused White House party crasher Michaele Salahai) on The Real Housewives of D.C, under her married name, Catherine Ommanney. One hitch: she and her husband have reportedly separated since the filming. At any rate, the show premieres August 5 on Bravo. (7/16/10)

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Here are some of the new names ABC is mulling for Cougar Town, according to Entertainment WeeklyFriends and Family, Friends and Neighbors, The Cul de Sac,Neighborhood Jules, Neighborhooding, The End of the Street, The Neighborhood. Any of these titles work for you? Comment below. (6/30/10)

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The 2nd Annual National Cougar Convention will roar into the Embassy Suites O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, on June 26. Starting at 7:30 pm with a keynote by organizer Rich Gosse hailing older women and younger men as the "ideal combination," the evening will include a dance party and the crowning of this year’s Miss Cougar America, who will be selected from among the women there; the "cubs" in attendance will pick the winner. "The truth is that there are millions of American men who find older women attractive, and we will prove it here," says Gosse. For info and tickets: cougarevents.com. Check out our coverage and slideshow of last year’s festivities. And if you do go, please tell us all about it! Post your story to More.com.   (6/3/10)

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OK, so let’s see if we can get this straight—ads for dating sites that hook older men up with younger women are "family friendly" by Google standards, while those for older women seeking younger men are not? That appears to be the policy at Google, where, as the New York Times reports, ads for the dating service CougarLife.com are now banned from Google’s content network, meaning "its ads will no longer appear on more than 6,700 Web sites, including Ask.com, YouTube and MySpace." Google "confirmed that ‘cougar’ would now automatically place a site into the adult category, but would not say which other words would do that," the report adds. Outrageous, says MORE.com Cougar Café columnist Linda Franklin, who threw down this gauntlet on her realcougarwoman.com blog: "I’ll be if every woman-owned business pulled their Google ads, the company would take notice in a hurry." (5/16/10)  

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Should Cougar Town’s name be changed? In an interview with TV blogger Alan Sepinwall at HitFix.com, the show’s producer, Bill Lawrence, cited three reasons to do so: 1) testing shows "too many instances of people saying they would never watch a show called "Cougar Town," 2) the last three episodes of the show simply don’t bear the title out and 3) "anything you can do to create some kind of dialogue about your existing show is smart and savvy." What do you think—should Cougar Town change its name? If so, what to? Comment below. (5/12/10)

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We just can’t get enough of the Betty White renaissance. In her promo for Saturday Night Live (she’s hosting on May 8), White uses her coy comedic chops to call out the media for labeling her a cougar. We’re hooked, and can’t wait to see what else she delivers as the SNL host. See the clip (complete with hunky homemaker) here.
(4/27/10)   See next page for more Cougar News.
  
When asked on The View whether he’d ever consider dating an older women, Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson replied with a resounding "yeah," then added, "I think Betty White is probably one of the sexiest women in America." The View gals sounded skeptical, but Pattinson stood firm. "She’s vibrant," he said. "It’s sexy . . . the more age, the better." See the clip here. (3/3/10)

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Although she’s dating a man 17 years her junior, Katie Couric would prefer not to be called a cougar, she tells Harper’s Bazaar: "I just find it stupid, you know? I think it also surmises that the older woman is always the pursuer. That’s not necessarily true. I always say that maybe the older woman is the prey and someone else is the predator. It’s just silly."  (2/8/10)

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Air New Zealand is in the hot seat after posting a spoof documentary featuring a group of cougars so desperate for young men they starve themselves by day, then hunt for "meat" by night, prowling pubs for cubs, while tripping younger women then forcing their prey back to their lairs to listen to Enya and the Eurythmics. Duane Perrot, manager of Grabaseat, the airline’s discount promotion arm, said in a statement that the campaign (which has been pulled) was designed as "light-hearted humor to kick off the New Year." Here’s the video; you be the judge. Feel free to post your comments below.  (1/19/10)

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A group of cougars and cubs vacationing on the high seas caused quite a stir aboard a Carnival cruise liner, implies a report in USA Today, which states that the cruise giant will no longer host cougar-themed escapes. Carnival PR Director Jennifer de la Cruz confirmed the news with MORE, saying that it was “simply a business decision” and providing no further comment on the issue.
 
“My wife Debbie escorted the cougar cruise,” Rich Gosse, Chairman of the Society of Single Professionals and organizer of the event, told MORE. “There weren’t any problems. Everyone had a good time and it went along very smoothly. The Carnival staff was terrific.” The maiden voyage cruised from December 4-7 on the Carnival Elation. Rooms were blocked off by the organization and gave single cougars the chance to mix and mingle with potential young suitors. For those cub-seekers who missed out, fear not. The Society is planning two cougar cruises for 2010, this time with Royal Caribbean and the Norwegian Cruise Line. Check www.cougarevents.com for itineraries and updates.  (1/14/10)  See next page for more Cougar News.
  
Director Sam Taylor Wood, 42, is expecting a baby with her fiancé, 19-year-old Aaron Johnson. The actor stars as John Lennon in Taylor-Wood’s critically acclaimed new film, Nowhere Boy.  "Being older than me is no big deal," Johnson has said of his betrothed. "It’s different to how old you are in soul years."  (1/8/10)

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In an interview on the set of the new Sex and the City movie, Kim Catrall told the London Daily Mail she doesn’t like the "negative connotation" the term cougar has acquired. It suggests "a woman of a certain age hanging out in a club where she can pick up young men. Catrall, 53, who recently broke up with her boyfriend, Alan Wyse, who is 20 years her junior, says, "I never considered Samantha to be that. And certainly not myself . . . I could not go into a bar and pick up a man . . . I am totally insecure. That is predatory behaviour, and I don’t consider myself a predator."  (1/7/10)

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Susan Sarandon, 63, and Tim Robbins, 51, recently confirmed the breakup of their 23-year cougar-cub partnership. But Sarandon’s publicist said rumors that a new romance is brewing between Sarandon and her 31-year-old business partner, Jonathan Bricklin, are "absolutely untrue."  (12/28/09)

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Cindy Crawford told British GQ, "I don’t want to be a cougar, I want to be a MILF. I hate that word cougar and what it represents." And what might that be, Cindy? MILF, on the other hand is a word "I absolutely love," she says. The supermodel also moaned, "I know 20-year-old guys don’t look at me anymore. I don’t feel it like I used to." Cindy, do you really think 20-year-olds aren’t looking at you anymore? (12/07/09)  See next page for more Cougar News.

“I’m certainly not the first person to be in a relationship with a younger man," says Demi Moore in an interview with W magazine. "But somehow I was plucked out as a bit of a poster girl.”  In the interview and in her tweets the actress, who turns 47 on November 11, states her preference for the designation "puma." (We thought the word was actually used to describe women in their thirties who date younger men but, OK, Demi, we won’t split hairs.)  (11/10/09)

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"I was with my ex-husband for 11 years, but now all of the young boys are coming at me," actress Sherri Shepherd, 42, told Star magazine. "I ask my girlfriends, ‘What do I say to a 19-year-old?’ I’m flattered, but jeez!" Shepherd, a regular on 30 Rock and The View, recently debuted her own show, Sherri, on Lifetime.  (11/4/09)

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In a funny segment on The Jay Leno Show October 20, Martha Stewart joked with the host about her love life. When asked if she was into "the whole cougar thing," she mused, "hmmn, cougar’s good." The youngest man she ever dated? "I was going out with this one guy for a while. My daughter called him ‘uncle.’ But it turned out he was only about a month older than she was!"  (10/21/09)

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Soprano Reneé Fleming reprises her role as the Marschallin, an 18th century Viennese general’s wife who takes a much younger lover, in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The opera "begins with one of the most vivid depictions of sexual ecstasy in music," says the New York Times. "An orchestral buildup reaching a climax in a brace of whooping French horns. And then the real action starts."  (10/12/09)

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"Eligible guys are hard to find," says Gina Gershon. The actress, currently starring in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie, tells the New York Post‘s Cindy Adams: "I know amazing professional women who can’t get guys. Only young ones come on to me. In their 20s, they’re emotionally available and more polite. Those my own age don’t want strong women. The ones in their 40s were raised wrong."  (10/6/09)   See next page for more Cougar News.
Mary Louise Parker, 45, has been dating musician Charlie Mars, 35, since June, sources tell People. Parker stars in Mars’ video for the song "Listen to the Darkside."  (9/30/09)

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The "World’s First International Cougar Cruise" sets sail from San Francisco for a three-day weekend jaunt to trip to Baja, Mexico, December 4-7 aboard the Carnival Fun Ship Elation. Aimed specifically at older women and younger men, it’s being co-sponsored by The Singles Travel Company and The Society of Single Professionals (the same folks who brought us the National Single Cougars Convention in Palo Alto last August). (9/14/09)

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The real "cougar town"? According to a recent report, there are 2000 more single women ages 20-64 than men in the Sacramento region, and news media in the area are touting the number as evidence that the city is "Cougar Central." (Interesting how they hone in on "cougar" when the women are as young as 20.)  (9/7/09)

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"I think more women would be happier if they channeled their inner 14-year-old girls once in a while" —sex therapist Laura Berman, director of the Berman Center in Chicago, in a Newsweek story about the popularity of American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert among older women.  (8/31/09)

First Published Thu, 2009-09-17 10:08

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