A 69-year-old Dutch man is in a court battle to drop 20 years off his life in order to boost his chances on Tinder.
Emile Ratelband, 69, an entrepreneur and self-help guru, was born in March of 1949 but wants to legally change his birth certificate to show that he was born in 1969, he told the Telegraph.
“I have done a [doctor’s] check-up and what does it show?” Ratelband said in an interview with the outlet. “My biological age is 45 years.”
“When I’m 69, I am limited,” added Ratelband, who voiced the character Vladimir Trunkov in the Dutch-language version of the Pixar film “Cars 2.”
“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.”
In an interview with De Telegraaf, he called himself “a young god” who wanted to become a father again.
He compared his situation to the plight of transgender people.
“Transgenders can now have their gender changed on their birth certificate, and in the same spirit there should be room for an age change,” he told The Telegraph.
Vice magazine’s Dutch edition released a story Tuesday titled, “Is Emile Ratelband disturbed or accidentally extremely woke?”
In his suit against the city of Arnhmen in the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland, Ratelband argues that he’s faced discrimination because of his age.
He claims that companies are reluctant to hire someone his age as a consultant — adding that his move would actually benefit the government because he’d renounce his pension until he reaches retirement age again.
The judge said he sympathized with Rathelband. Rathelband is a neurolinguistic programming trainer who converted to Buddhism earlier this year.
However, the judge told Rathelband that considering changing one’s gender was unthinkable in the past but changing one’s birth date would mean legally deleting part of his or her life.
“For whom did your parents care in those years?” the judge pressed Rathelband in court. “Who was that little boy back then?”