IMDb Under Fire for Publishing Trans Actors’ Birth Names
IMDb has long been a hub of information for movie buffs who want to know more about their films, TV shows and other projects preferred. And they have long published information about the actors who inhabit them. A group of trans actors now comes up against the site for publishing their birth names, but IMDb said they were doing so for each actor included in their archive.
Trans actors are coming out and slamming the long-standing role. site, and they accuse IMDb of "deadnaming" the actors, which is the term to give the birth names of those who made the transition and changed their name. The actors claim that IMDb does so without its authorization and that this could lead to stress, even harassment and discrimination, especially by those who work and recruit actors from the Hollywood system.
Two trans actors who wish to remain anonymous claimed to have asked IMDb to remove their birth names from the site. But IMDb has not responded to these requests. Their management, their representatives and GLAAD helped solve the problem, but IMDb did not react,
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An actor claims that IMDb has "excused" the situation, explaining that it was public information and that it was doing so for all. the actors and members of the team appearing on the site. Another actor went back and forth for months, only to see their birth name still attached to the site. They were finally able to change their name in the profile section of their page, but the birth name remained in the bio section.
An edit button is associated with each IMDb profile page, but the actors in question claim that these specific details could not be edited. IMDb said: "We are committed to being specific and it is our policy not to alter or remove the correct factual information from our records."
Deadline was able to obtain a complete statement from IMDb. Here is what they had to say.
"IMDb is committed to being the most complete and reliable source of information on film, television and celebrities, and our users are confident that when they use IMDb, they receive complete and accurate biographical information IMDb strives to represent the gender identity of an individual while accurately reflecting the lists of actors and teams as they appear in the on-screen credits. a production at the time of the release of the film when we have become aware of the standard methods of contributing data according to which an individual has changed, their gender and / or their name, we use the new genre and / or name on their page and their credits .For the productions they previously worked on, their credited name is also available in parentheses, to accurately reflect what was displayed at the time. This process is applied in a consistent, consistent and unbiased way to preserve historical factual records. For all individuals who wish to specify their favorite pronouns, these can be recorded. d as part of their biography section. Each IMDb page has an "Edit" button that any registered user can use to submit additions or corrections to IMDb content. In addition, we have customer support staff to handle any questions or requests that, for whatever reason, can not be communicated via our standard data contribution forms.
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