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Tue, Jun 16, 2020 3:08 PM

adding non-actors to iMDB

Out of curiosity (spurred by conspiracy theory) I looked up Derek Chauvin and George Floyd on iMDB. Both have listings as 'self' under a bunch of news type shows. Who added this, and why?

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Kerry McCormick, adding to what Ed said, some additional points to explain the situation to the best of my knowledge: 
  • News is an eligible genre of audio-visual media on IMDb. 
  • Vast majority of titles on IMDb (very much including episodic content such as news) is added by volunteers. That said, everything is re-checked by IMDb staff and oftentimes unproven information is rejected. 
  • No, the fact that Derek Chauvin or George Floyd have pages on IMDb is not a sign that they are actors and if that is used as a basis for conspiracy theory, that is a new low even by standards of most conspiracy theories (which are usually underresearched and plagued with confirmation bias). Any person, appearing in credited (for documentary and news oral announcement counts as a credit) archive footage has IMDb-eligible credits in that area. Some examples from very different walks of life (just in case: I have no intention of piling this people in the same category, merely compiling to demonstrate the range) include: Adolf Hitler, Andrei Chikatilo, Malcolm X, V.I. Lenin, Lee Harvey Oswald, John F. Kennedy, Leonid Kuchma, Vladimir Putin (btw stunts credits are legit, I re-checked, although they were most likely uncredited and that should be reflected too), Pablo Picasso, John Nash, Albert Einstein, Benito Mussolini, Kitty Genovese. Appearance of remotely known/significant people on IMDb at this point should be as expected as it is on Wikipedia with additional point being at least one memorable appearance on the news, said news being national coverage or otherwise significant.    
Given the points above and answering your question (who and why): volunteer IMDb contributors; because it's an eligible piece of audiovisual media.

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Got it. Makes sense. Thanks for your response!

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Kerry McCormick, you're welcome!

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Excellent response Nikolay. I was going to respond that anyone that appears in basically any audio/visual material is likely to have an IMDb page. I'm sure that clips of Floyd and Chauvin have been on many shows (and hopefully they are all listed with the correct as attribute of "archive footage").