Coming Of Age
A few years ago a friend who worked in show biz called me, incensed. The IMDb had started listing his age. He even thought I might have given them the information, though I had no idea when he was born.
Until now. Governor Brown has just signed a bill that requires the IMDb to remove people's ages from their website. The law is supported by actors' unions who believe their members are discriminated against due to their age.
I assume the IMDb and other affected by the law will challenge it in court, and I assume they will win. It seems pretty clear the First Amendment gives them the right to publish the truth. An actor's age is not a state secret. If others discriminate based on this information, the IMDb can't be held responsible.
In fact, this seems so clearly unconstitutional that I wonder why politicians--who took an oath to uphold the Constitution--are wasting our time with this nonsense. If it's repealed, will they try something else, or will they shrug and tell their constituents "hey, we tried"?