A motivational teacher from the Netherlands, who voiced the evil supermini Zaporozhets in the Dutch language version of Pixar Car 2, trying to legally change his birthday so he will face less discrimination, including from potential online romantic prospects.
"When I was on Tinder and said I was 69, I didn't get an answer. When I was 49 years old, with the face I had, I would be in a posh position, "Emile Ratelband told the BBC. "We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can't I decide on my own age? "
Ratelband sued the local municipality after rejecting his request to change his age to legal documents. He told the court in the city of Arnhem that he did not feel his age, comparing himself to the person who identified as transgender.
He argues that because his age does not represent his emotional state, he is discriminated against in his personal and professional life. Therefore he wanted to change his birthday from March 11, 1949 to March 11, 1969.
"When I was 69 years old, I was limited. If I am 49 years old, then I can buy a new home, drive a different car. I can take more work, "he told the BBC.
BBC reported that Ratelband claimed that his doctor told him that he had a 45-year-old body. He calls himself a "young god."
The authorities overseeing the case were skeptical, according to the BBC. A judge reportedly asked what would come from the hopes of 20 years Ratelband to delete, and asked about his parents' feelings. "Who are your parents looking for after that? Who is the boy? "The judge said.
Ratelband has a history of saying controversial things. Several years ago, during an interview with a Christian magazine, Ratelband said Osama bin Laden was an "enlightened thinker," and that the 9/11 attack was "justified."
In four weeks, the court should have made a decision about whether Ratel's ribbon could wipe out two decades so that it might be easier for him to make love.[BBC]