Emile Ratelband of the Netherlands was born on March 11, 1949, which makes him 69 years old. He's taking legal action to change that, however! Ratelband has filed a lawsuit against the government, asking that they move his date of birth to March 11, 1969, which would make him only 49 years old legally.
A 69-year-old pensioner who says he has the body of a 45-year-old is taking action to legally change his age to imp… https://t.co/ncISS70iF7— Sky News (@Sky News)1541661227.0
Ratelband is a media personality and motivational speaker in the Netherlands. He compares identifying as 49 years old to being transgender:
We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can't I decide my own age?
A Dutch pensioner has started a legal battle to legally lower his age by 20 years to boost his dating propects. T… https://t.co/3sBxTxZQ9C— Astro Radio News (@Astro Radio News)1541665811.0
The 69-year-old believes being legally 49 will help him score more dates:
When I'm 69, I am limited. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work. When I'm on Tinder and it says I'm 69, I don't get an answer. When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.
Just saw a headline there about a man entering a lawsuit to legally lower his age as he identifies as a 45 year old… https://t.co/uRRXITQAg7— Liam Dodson (@Liam Dodson)1541666424.0
One things for sure: no one will accuse Ratelband of low self-esteem.
I feel much younger than my age, I am a young god, I can have all the girls I want but not after I tell them that I am 69. I feel young, I am in great shape and I want this to be legally recognized because I feel abused, aggrieved and discriminated against because of my age.
Dutchman Emile Ratelband is 69 years old but says he identifies as a 49 year old. He is currently in a legal battle… https://t.co/5FCLQVQ9vk— thunder thighs (@thunder thighs)1541675870.0
Twitter users weren't very receptive to Ratelband's arguments.
A 69 year old man wants to legally change his age to 45 because he identifies as a 45 year old. 2018, you are wha… https://t.co/FKp4H7Maro— Cathy Crawley (@Cathy Crawley)1541652861.0
@iam_nwammiri @thedaywedecide @CroweDaun His doctor... https://t.co/rhD2SlCkCS— Mary mother of CJesus (@Mary mother of CJesus)1541700906.0
Some internet users wondered whether the age-changing process could work in the other direction.
@iam_nwammiri I am 48 and feel like I have the body of a 72-year old. I move that I can start receiving social security now.— Van (@Van)1541695930.0
@SkyNews I am going to identify as 10 years older than I am so that I can get my pension before I'm 67!— Sofie Mackrell (@Sofie Mackrell)1541708696.0
@SkyNews I’m 32 but have the body of a 60 year old. Can I get my bus pass.— Marc Ligertwood (@Marc Ligertwood)1541712960.0
@iam_nwammiri My grandma lived to be 13!— Domhathaway (@Domhathaway)1541686566.0
If his goal was to convince people he's actually 49, this well-known lawsuit isn't doing Ratelband any favors.
@iam_nwammiri Just curious now with his real age now known due to this lawsuit , if his dating prospects will improve? 😁🤨🤣— Janine (@Janine)1541690599.0
@SkyNews Backfired a tad I would say! Everyone knows who he is now! Oh look, its that 45 year old man who's really 69! FFS...🙄— Claire 🥀 (@Claire 🥀)1541691341.0
Of course, many Twitter users already believed it was a long-shot.
@iam_nwammiri That is one rough looking 45 year old man.— Mr. Mac (@Mr. Mac)1541687940.0
@SkyNews I’m 62 but have been accused of acting like a 12 year old. Does this mean I’ll have to go back to school?— Explodogmax (@Explodogmax)1541718168.0
@StephCampbell77 @SkyNews This is simultaneously the funniest and saddest thing I have seen today— Alex Carrigan (@Alex Carrigan)1541733199.0
The judge has acknowledged that it is possible to legally change your gender in the Netherlands, but also that changing someone's age would mean deleting part of their lives in the eyes of the law. The court's final decision is expected within the next four weeks.
@SkyNews Welcome to 2018 were you can have a legal battle with the concept of time and mortality 😑— PIT2D (@PIT2D)1541701916.0