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I Blame the Dutch mpoetess
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GRRRR.
And for the record....

Because in the places where the idiots continue to discuss it, and continue to live in denial, and continue to self-righteously state that whatever an actor says about himself should be taken as gospel, I'm not allowed to say the frickin' obvious, which is that if an actor makes a statement about his age, he's made said age a public issue, and thus open for discussion...

JAMES MARSTERS IS 39 YEARS OLD.

OI. A very beautiful 39, and there's nothing wrong with it. There's nothing especially wrong with him saying he's 10 years younger. But don't feed me bullshit about me being required to take that as fact, when it isn't, or tell me I'm not allowed to call him on it.

Bloody well get over it. The man lies. Very prettily, and it's not a major character fault to lie about one's age, but Christ. It's not like stating you're heterosexual or a Mormon, and people should respect your right to give yourself that label.

It's a matter of public record.

It's not part of his private life.

It wouldn't even be part of his private life if he *hadn't* made an age-statement to the public. once he does, the fact that said statement is a bald-faced, though cute, lie, is not something that must be hushed up because actors deserve a private life.

If I want to say he's vain, for making that public statement, I damn well will.

Here.

Not, as pointed out to me, at the Buffy Cross and Stake, where any discussion about the actors that implies that they might in any way be human beings to be held up to the same standards as any other, is verboten, unless it's praise or criticism of acting so politely phrased that it might as *well* be praise.

but I'm not bitter.

-- And I *know* it's a stupid issue. It just pisses me off to see people arguing about it, and it pisses me off more when somebody says I'm not allowed to join in. ;-) --

mpoetess

2001-11-23 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Eh. There's a fairly reasonable prohibition there against discussing the actors' personal lives, unless they've given out the information. But there's also a little coterie of self-righteous gits who feel the need to say that someone's age (or anything they give out in an interview or resume) is sacrosant, blah, blah, disrespectful to talk about it..

Meh. If he'd claimed to have graduated from Juilliard, then it was revealed that he hadn't, would it be disrespectful to mention it, or tell the people arguing vehemently that no matter what the college itself says, we should believe what JM's website claims?

(Not that he did claim such.)

I think the guy's quite cool, and certainly doesn't look his age. I also think he gets off on the confusion caused by the fact that the info is out there, and he won't comment on it. But it's disrespectful to posit that, apparently.