Within hours of my telling you what happened during the 2nd day of deliberations in the lawsuit between actress Huang Hoang (a.k.a Junie Hoang) and IMDb, a Seattle federal jury found in favor of IMDb, deciding the site was not in breach of contract when they posted her age on her profile page then refused to remove it when she asked them to.
IMDb’s lawyers argued that Hoang failed to prove that the posting of her real age cost her acting jobs/income (addressing it as “merely speculation”) and, according to them, “at best, Hoang contends that unrelated parties have refused to give her acting opportunities because IMDb exercised its First Amendment right to publish truthful and accurate information.”
Hoang may not have won the case but it has indeed opened some eyes and ears in the industry at large; Screen Actors Guild and other unions have repeatedly tried to get IMDb to limit posting of birthdates in an industry where age discrimination is still alive, well and for some ungodly reason, still an acceptable practice.
All I have to say on this matter that I think it’s B.S. that while IMDb users are required to show their birthdates, IMDb employees like customer service manager Giancarlo Cairella, who by his OWN admission under oath revealed that his birthdate is not listed on HIS IMDb page.
So where do we go from here?
I would be perfectly happy if we could meet in the middle by posting month and day but NOT birth year; Facebook gives that option, so why can’t IMDb?
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