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Should Celebrities Have to Reveal Their Age?

Should Celebrities Have to Reveal Their Age?

We're excited to present this article from one of our favorite sites, Allure!

Age is just a number — but for celebrities, it also has a big influence on their paychecks. Worried about age discrimination in Hollywood, The Writers Guild of America West is trying to convince super-popular movie database IMDb to let celebrities remove their birth dates from the site, so the public — and industry movers and shakers — won't know how old they are. (The Screen Actors Guild has also reportedly asked that the birth dates of non-mega-stars be removed.) To see the rest, just keep reading.

I've certainly Googled celebrities to see how old they are. (We tease "try guessing her age" for Julianne Moore on Allure's November cover, and I immediately looked it up online, because I couldn't believe she's turning 50.) Obviously stars have been lying about their ages since the dawn of Hollywood, and now more than ever, many are willing to use cosmetic procedures, personal trainers, and any other antiaging tools they can find to keep looking young. But in the information age, we expect to find out anything we want with just a few keystrokes, including a celeb's real age. So should they be allowed to hide their ages from sites like Wikipedia and IMDb? Does the public deserve to know the truth, or is their privacy more important?

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KeLynns KeLynns 5 years
Actors and actresses don't owe us shit except a performance.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I think hiding age is silly.Will it ever be known what Rachel Zoe's true age is?
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I think hiding age is silly. Will it ever be known what Rachel Zoe's true age is?
Ms-Devi Ms-Devi 5 years
This is an interesting topic. I don't think it has anything to do with privacy. It seems more about vanity. Usually public figures have public biographies somewhere. They have for a very long time. It's a way of documenting history. Date of birth is a mainstay of biographies so what are they going to do?The problem is not with the public or the public's "right to know." Most of us don't really care. It completes the biography, but otherwise it's trivia. The age discrimination comes from within the industry. And as they have to provide identification in order to work and get paid, their ages won't be hidden from insiders for long. What they want to control re: IMDB is public perceptions of aging actors. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as if the WGA and SAG is as smart as Julianne Moore. The best way to change public perceptions about about age and beauty and usefulness is to continue to be the best (and look your best if that's important) and help create a new understanding of aging. (Freaking out every time we find someone is older than we thought doesn't help either, Allure)The WGA and SAG should concern themselves more with pushing producers to create better roles for aging actors instead of further feeding the anxieties around getting old.
Ms-Devi Ms-Devi 5 years
This is an interesting topic. I don't think it has anything to do with privacy. It seems more about vanity. Usually public figures have public biographies somewhere. They have for a very long time. It's a way of documenting history. Date of birth is a mainstay of biographies so what are they going to do? The problem is not with the public or the public's "right to know." Most of us don't really care. It completes the biography, but otherwise it's trivia. The age discrimination comes from within the industry. And as they have to provide identification in order to work and get paid, their ages won't be hidden from insiders for long. What they want to control re: IMDB is public perceptions of aging actors. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as if the WGA and SAG is as smart as Julianne Moore. The best way to change public perceptions about about age and beauty and usefulness is to continue to be the best (and look your best if that's important) and help create a new understanding of aging. (Freaking out every time we find someone is older than we thought doesn't help either, Allure) The WGA and SAG should concern themselves more with pushing producers to create better roles for aging actors instead of further feeding the anxieties around getting old.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 5 years
Wouldn't it be the same as going into the closet because of discrimination? Be proud of who you are.
sarasonne sarasonne 5 years
Age is just a number, BUT age-ism and age discrimination is everywhere. What if no one should have to volunteer their age?
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