I found out today that "Films at risk if writers strike lingers." The Da Vinci Code prequel featuring the long-haired Tom Hanks has been postponed! AUGGHHH!
What about hiring non-union writers? Or what about a entertainers writing for themselves?
Carson Daly, Ellen Degeneres ... the soaps?
People don't much like "scabs" I gather...
- Harsh words for scabs (attributed to Jack London)
- "Naked and immoral ambition coursing through their veins"
I don't pretend to understand the union mentality. As an independent educator, I have never had a desire or seen the need to be involved in a union. Independent schools must produce a service that the customer is wiling to pay twice for, since the state plunders its citizens to pay for others children's education first, then allows them to pay tuition on top of that.
So, I suppose that the emotions that come out of this strike have something to do with a perceived solidarity among the writers. When a substitute writer comes along the collective is betrayed and scorn is heaped upon the "scab."
So, when Romo took over for Bledsoe, do you suppose he was taking an opportunity given him or that he was acting out of naked and immoral ambition?
I'd be interested to hear opinions from my Hollywood friends on this topic...
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