In the ongoing ridiculousness that is anything associated with Hollywood, we now hear that an “anonymous” actress is suing the popular movie database site IMDb for … revealing her age.
Apparently, the actress–who refuses to reveal her identity–is 40 years old, but looks much younger. She is claiming that she has been unable to get movie roles because of her now public age and people are trying instead to cast her for the 40-something role because of the age listed on her profile. However, she can’t play those roles either because she looks too young.
Here’s my beef: These are the women who are giving this whole aging thing a bad wrap. I say, if you’re 40 and up and look like you’re 30, then shout your age from the rafters. As a matter of fact, take out a billboard with a big ole picture of your head and right beside it in big bold letters put, “I’m 40. Still pretty hot, huh?” Even if you don’t look as hot as you did in your twenties (and honey, who does?), WHO CARES? I’ll take my knowledgeable, settled 40s to those deer-in-the-headlights 20s any day. ANY. DAY.
The public cases like the one with this actress will continue to perpetuate the “washed up” after 40 syndrome–especially for women. So let’s just cut the crap and talk about ageing openly because really? Women in their 40s rock. (And, I’m not just saying that because I am one.) (Okay, maybe that’s a little part of the reason I’m saying it.)
And, is this really the legacy we want to leave for our daughters–lying about our age because only “younger” women are good enough?
By the way, I’m 42. Last week, I got carded while trying to buy alcohol. The week before that someone referred to my 3-year-old daughter as my granddaughter.
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