The Internet Movie Database won’t oppose a request by Hollywood’s biggest actors union to join a lawsuit challenging a new California law designed to combat age discrimination in television and films.
SAG-AFTRA told a San Francisco judge two weeks ago it wanted to join state lawmakers in the suit which IMDb challenged the constitutionality of a law that would require the website to remove ages of actors upon request. IMDb says the law unfairly targets them when others share the information as well, and that it shouldn’t be censored anyway since birthdays are factual information.
IMDb’s indifference to SAG-AFTRA’s inclusion could pave the way for the union to join the lawsuit, if it’s approved by Judge Vince Chhabria. The union was created in 2012 from the merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, representing 160,000 actors and other performers that work on both screen and radio waves.
Former Beverly Hills 90210 actress Gabrielle Carteris leads the organization, and was a major proponent of the age discrimination law know as Assembly Bill 1687.