According to TheWrap, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) have asked IMDb, the popular Internet movie database, to remove the birth dates of its members (SAG is only asking that the site remove birth dates for its members who are not yet stars). The guilds are concerned that posting this information could lead to age discrimination. In an industry that has historically favored the young over the middle-aged, such fears may be well-founded – the WGA recently settled a major 10-year age discrimination suit against the networks, studios, and talent agencies. Nevertheless, the guilds may need to prepare themselves for a tough fight. Currently, IMDb will only remove a birth date if it is inaccurate, and the site’s co-founder believes that IMDb has a responsibility to its users to provide the most comprehensive data available.
- Comments Off |