Have you ever lied about your age? It's often considered impolite to ask a person their age, yet newspapers and magazines usually list ages as a matter of course. This odd situation gets odder still — a new law has just been passed in California allowing users to remove or forbid publication on stars' ages.
The law, effective from January 1, 2017, applies specifically to entertainment database sites (i.e. IMDb) and is supposedly designed to combat ageism within the entertainment industry.
Have you ever lied about your age?
Screen Actors Guild President Gabrielle Carteris hopes that the law will "help prevent age discrimination in film and television casting and hiring," telling THR:
"It is time to stop the ageism that permeates Hollywood’s casting process. This problem exists for all performers, but most distinctly for women. Performers create characters and often employ illusion to do so. That’s acting. Many actors have endured age discrimination of some sort throughout their careers. Those isolated, individual cases have now morphed into the almost-automatic age discrimination made possible by the online casting services. The information is put front and center before those making the decisions about whom to audition and whom to hire."
Carteris certainly has a point. The gender discrimination was highlighted in this funny-but-thought-provoking skit from Amy Schumer, Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Some have voiced concerns that the law could villainize websites purely for publishing factual information, including the Internet Association. It's an interesting question: How much do we really need to know how old people are, anyway?
Thoughts on ageism, censorship, or the new law? Sound off in the comments!