Dutchman, 69, sues to lower his age

Emile Ratelband identifies as 45

Emile Ratelband claims that he identifies as 49 years old Credit CEN

He also compared his desire to legally change his age to that of transgender people seeking to change their birth certificates.

The motivational speaker, a well-known media personality in Holland, is suing his local authority after they refused his application to amend his age.

The court is due to deliver its decision on Mr Ratelband's age within four weeks.

The case has caused controversy in his homeland, with the Dutch edition of Vice, a news website, asking, "Is Emile Ratelband disturbed or accidentally extremely woke?"

Emile Ratelband wants the courts to legally change his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969. "I agree with you: a lot of years ago we thought that was impossible", he said. "If I put my age on Tinder, women say "you're much too old", he told Euronews. "When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position", he said. "I can take up more work", he said.

However, he explained that allowing people to change their birth date would create problems from a legal point of view.

He said his doctors told him he had the body of someone more than 20 years younger than himself.

Ratelband argues that "nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age". He complains that companies are reluctant to hire someone the age of a pensioner as a consultant.

Naturally, the court is sceptical of the matter because no legal mechanism now exists allowing a person to change their birthdate.

Ratelband was in court in Arnhem earlier this week in a bid to have the clock turned back on his official documents so that he is only 49.

But Mr Ratelband does not want to receive a pension yet, and he has pledged not to claim for one until he reaches retirement age again should he win the case.

The 69-year-old also spoke to The Washington Post, and said he is not concerned that his comparison of an age change to a sex change may be offensive to transgender people. "Who was that little boy?" he was quoted as saying.

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