California increasingly appears to be hell bent on serving as the cautionary example of how the belief that government has an unlimited brief to meddle in everything leads to abuse and derangement.
Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed legislation that prevents entertainment websites such as the Internet Movie Database (IMDb),from posting an actor’s age or birthday if the actor doesn’t want anyone to know how old he or she is.
The law, which becomes effective January 1, applies to entertainment database sites that allow paid subscribers to post resumes, headshots or other information for prospective employers. Only a paying subscriber can make a removal or non-publication request. The beneficial end that supposedly justifies this unconstitutional and suppressive means is that age discrimination is allegedly rampant in show business.
“Even though it is against both federal and state law, age discrimination persists in the entertainment industry,” Golden State legislature Majority Leader Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, said in a statement. “AB 1687 provides the necessary tools to remove age information from online profiles on employment referral websites to help prevent this type of discrimination.”
Naturally the actor unions are all for this form of government censorship. “Gov. Jerry Brown today stood with thousands of film and television professionals and concerned Californians who urged him to sign AB 1687, a California law that will help prevent age discrimination in film and television casting and hiring,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. You remember Gabby, don’t you? She was the brainy, non-sexy teen in the original “Beverly Hills 90210.” I’m sure she thinks the reason her career tanked as she edged into middle age was “discrimination.”
I’ve seen you act, Gabrielle. It wasn’t.
Once again, the progressive ideologue solution to problems involves making open communication more difficult. Because aging actresses—the problem, if it is a problem, of casting directors preferring performers with the blush of youth rather than Botox upon their cheeks mostly afflicts women—resent the fact that a profession based on finding attractive performers also gravitates to the young, the power of the state has been recruited to keep information from the public.
This is arrogant, abusive, and wrong, as well as breach of the principles 0f free speech and expression. It is also typical of the growing embrace of censorship and speech suppression by Democrats.
“It is time to stop the ageism that permeates Hollywood’s casting process,” Carteris wrote. “This problem exists for all performers, but most distinctly for women. Performers create characters and often employ illusion to do so. That’s acting.”
Wrong. It’s acting on the stage and on the screen. When one intentionally deceives employers and the public, it’s called lying. Wow, wouldn’t it have been nice if the news media had been prevented by law from letting the voters know how ancient their two Democratic contenders for the presidential nomination really were? Once they get rolling, don’t bet against progressives arguing that law would be for the greater good. Can’t be biased based on information you are not allowed to find out!
“We are disappointed that AB 1687 was signed into law today,” said Internet Association spokesman Noah Theran. “We remain concerned with the bill and the precedent it will set of suppressing factual information on the internet.” Michael Beckerman, the association’s president and CEO, had previously written about the association’s opposition to the law:
“Requiring the removal of factually accurate age information across websites suppresses free speech. This is not a question of preventing salacious rumors; rather it is about the right to present basic facts that live in the public domain. Displaying such information isn’t a form of discrimination, and internet companies should not be punished for how people use public data.”
Well, the man is obviously a hateful, bigoted fascist.
What these and other laws, passed and proposed, around the country show is a declining appreciation, nurtured entirely in progressive ideology, in the vital importance of freedom of expression to democracy. The Left no longer trusts the public with the truth, and increasingly seeks ways to suppress it. This is just another chunk taken out of our freedoms; no, by itself its not a big deal. The culture and our society losing its way and diluting crucial democratic principles is a big deal, however.
It is more than a big deal. It poses an existential threat to the nation.
17 thoughts on “California Decides It’s The Government’s Function To Help Actors Pretend They Are Younger Than They Really Are”
Doesn’t Brown have anything to do other than “stand with” Hollywood to protect the egos of aging actors and actresses? He could start with fixing the crumbling infrastructure of the state.
Just idle curiosity…does Jerry Brown have ANY idea what the Constitution says? Does he care? Is it possible that California, rather than Texas, will be the first to secede?
If it’s not in the Communist Manifesto, probably not.
Won’t their resume of credits give away the actors age when he or she credits a starring role in the original Fritz Lang ‘s Metropolis?
That, among other things.
In addition to being censorious, the law is futile and stupid.
Don’t forget Max Schreck. Rumor has it he’s pretty old.
I just had a spirited discussion about the net neutrality bill with a friend. He agreed that it’s a classic Trojan horse, but that you have to pick your poison. In this case, the other poison is internet providers restricting bandwidth and allowing things like the epi-pen fiasco to happen. I’ll take the video game lag time and the epi-pen.
Neither of which involve free speech.
That was my point to him. Giving the FCC this much regulatory power is almost guaranteed to sooner or later result in the supression of free speech.
Ageism. You just can’t make this shit up.
Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press….
No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States….
Governor Moonbeam indeed.
It already started by not allowing employers to ask questions regarding age, health, being pregnant, etc. of the job applicants in job interviews.
It always amazes me the way actors freak out about directors and casting directors knowing their age. I asked one actor his age and you would have thought I had asked him if he had quit sleeping with farm animals.
Or the question of “what age range can you play” I’ve had 50-60 old men and women show up and audition for roles where the character is in their 30’s , and they were surprised when I didn’t cast them.
And I’m sure you love actors who submit head shots that make them look 28 for roles requiring someone who can pass for 30 and in person they look like a hard 46…
This is why I always ask folks like the 2 of you if my headshot still works. I don’t ever want you to think THAT about ME. Although I hope you’d both say it to my face if you did…
If they’d at least been smart and said something about not posting birth dates because of the potential for identity theft or something, they might have had some kind of leg to stand on…
That said, I don’t write my age on audition forms. When I’m standing in front of you auditioning, you can draw your own conclusions. I literally take a semi-regular poll of acting and NON-acting folks to come up with the age range that I can play before I need to write that on forms. Casting is annoying, especially as an aging woman. But the internet has the birthdate out there if you look in the right places, and IMDB’s not posting it probably has ZERO impact on casting. This is a weird thing to go out on a limb for, methinks.
I’d love to see Jerry Brown take on Wikipedia now.