Good Idea/Bad Idea: Actress Sues IMDB and Amazon for Revealing Her Age
Hollywood scandal: an anonymous actress is suing IMDB and Amazon for revealing her age. Good idea? Or silly idea?
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actress has chosen to remain anonymous, but is believed to be of Asian descent. Her official complaint states that shortly after signing up for IMDB Pro, the branch of the website for industry professionals, her legal date of birth appeared listed on her public profile, despite her not having furnished the website with such knowledge. The complaint, which was filed in Seattle, goes on to say that she believes the site obtained her birth date via the personal and credit card information she was required to provide in order to sign up for IMDB Pro.
I know what you’re thinking: What’s the big deal? Well, the actress in question here believes that “in the entertainment industry, youth is king.” The Hollywood Reporter quotes a section of the complaint elaborating on the problem: “If one is perceived to be ‘over-the-hill,’ i.e. approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the Plaintiff, to get work as she is thought to have less of an ‘upside’ therefore casting directors, producers, directors, agents/managers, etc. do not give her the same opportunities, regardless of her appearance and talent.”
And I understand that. I do. I work in the theatre, so I totally get the whole age vs. casting conundrum. But here’s the thing: there are countless successful actresses who not only work well into what would be considered “old age,” but moreover, actually work MORE as they get older. So yeah, it might be kind of annoying to have your true age revealed to the world—but honestly, if you sill look younger than you are, it probably won’t make that much of a difference.
Apparently this particular actress is suing for breach of contract, fraud, and violation of privacy. She’s also demanding punitive damages of at least $1 million, and she’s asking for a restraint order against IMDB on top of that. A restraint order? Really? Now that just seems excessive. So much for aging gracefully!
Check out the whole complaint here.
Tell us: What do you think? Is this ridiculous, or do you support it?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.