The stars are coming together to share support for the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike, which follows ongoing negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) officially launched on 14 July. fail. The news of the actors’ strike comes a little more than two months after the Writers Guild of America labor union announced a writers’ strike on May 2, for which celebrities also showed support.
According to CNBC, the actors’ strike has been ongoing since SAG-AFTRA began talks with producers in June with the aim of ensuring better pay and working conditions as well as protection from artificial intelligence. Due to the strike, actors who are part of the union are not allowed to promote their old, current or upcoming onscreen projects. Meanwhile, the writers’ strike dragged on for months after the WGA and AMPTP failed to reach an agreement on their next three-year contract, primarily over writers’ compensation disputes. As a result, all members of the WGA vowed not to write or sell new scripts for TV shows or movies until the union voted to end the strike.
Since the writers’ and actors’ strike began, some of Hollywood’s biggest names have spoken out in support and solidarity. Everyone from Margot Robbie and Cillian Murphy to Keke Palmer and Matt Damon have voiced their support for the actors’ strike, which SAG-AFTRA union president Fran Drescher said on July 13 saw actors being victimized by “a very greedy entity.” result of being “victimised”. He further said that he was “surprised that people we’ve done business with are treating us like this.”
Drescher highlighted the critical importance of onslaught as artificial intelligence grows. He told a press conference, “…we will all be in danger of being replaced by machines and big business, which cares more about Wall Street than you and your family.” “Most Americans don’t have more than $500 on hand in an emergency. It’s a huge deal, and it weighs on us. But at some point, you have to say, ‘No, we won’t take it anymore.’ You guys are crazy! What are you doing? Why are you doing this?”
The actor joins several stars who have already shown support for the writers’ strike. On June 15, Tina Fey, Sara Bareilles, and Lin-Manuel Miranda walked in a rally in New York City’s Times Square to show solidarity with the striking writers. Then on June 25, singer-songwriter Muni Long expressed her public support for the strike during the 2023 BET Awards.
Previously, celebrities such as Colin Farrell and Pete Davidson supported the writers’ strike by stopping by the WGA picket site in May. Drew Barrymore also showed her support by pulling out of her 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards hosting gig in a show of solidarity with the writers, her rep confirmed to POPSUGAR on May 4.
“I have listened to the writers, and in true respect to them, I will be stepping back from hosting the MTV Movie & TV Awards live in solidarity with the strike,” Barrymore said in a statement. “Everything we celebrate and respect about movies and television stems from his creation. And until a solution is out, I’m choosing to wait.”
Ahead of the writers’ strike, several stars who attended this year’s Met Gala on May 1 spoke to Variety about their thoughts on it. brian tyre henry saying“I just hope everyone is treated equally. I hope they get what they deserve and I hope people listen to them. People strike for a reason.” Amanda Seyfried also spoke to the outlet. on the red carpet and said, “I don’t understand what the problem is,” and that the strike was “necessary.” “With streaming everything changed and everyone should be compensated for their work. It’s that simple.”
Elsewhere, TV producers love “Abbot Elementary” star Quinta Brunson told AP News“I’m a member of the WGA and support the WGA, and they – us, us – are getting what we need.”
Since the writers’ and actors’ strike began, several TV shows and movies have been forced to cease production (i.e., filming and airing new episodes), including “Saturday Night Live”, which canceled that episode. Had done which was to be hosted. Show alumni Davidson. On May 3, “SNL” star Bowen Yang, who joined the strike, told The Hollywood Reporter of the comedy sketch show, “I’m really disappointed. I think we had some good shows left. We all came back rested.” Ready to go to work on Monday.” He continued, “Pete was very excited to host, even though he knew there would be a big star in the week, and there was a possibility it wouldn’t happen. I think we all have to give it our all for the next three.” Were ready for a few weeks before the end of the season.”
Other celebrities who have shared support for the actors’ and writers’ strike include Hilary Duff, George Clooney, Brian Cox, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kerry Washington, Jason Sudeikis, America Ferrera, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Mark Ruffalo, Mariska Hargitay, Lisa n are included. Walter, Ayo Adebiri, and many more. Scroll ahead to see which other stars are supporting the strike.