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IMDb now legally has to remove actor ages if they make a request

25 September 2016 3:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Internet Movie Database, otherwise known as IMDb, and other entertainment database sites are now legally bound to remove the age of an actor if they request it. Why? It all comes down to discrimination. We know the entertainment business has always been sexist but it's also known for being ageist. Most recently Renée Zellweger had to defend herself from a critic who felt she shouldn't age or change her appearance but when it comes to lesser known actors whether you get, or are even able to audition for, a job may depend on those hiring knowing your age. A few years ago actor Junie Hoang sued IMDb for revealing her true age, which she said cost her jobs in an industry obsessed with youth. As she put it, "In the entertainment industry, youth is king." She lost, and appealed, then lost again. But SAG-aftra and others have been working »

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