Monday, January 07, 2008

Screen Actors Guild to Honor Writers' Strike and Snub Golden Globes

According to Associated Press, members of the Screen Actors Guild will not cross picket lines to participate in the Golden Globe awards ceremony scheduled to air on NBC January 13th. This conclusion has been reached after weeks of canvassing members.

Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg said
there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross. . . ."

This will be a victory for the writers; but, I assume NBC will force some of their current scabs to participate. Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien have been happy to participate in writer-less television, and I assume they will participate in the Golden Globes telecast, even if there are no actors or actresses to accept the awards.

Now is the time for all the other unions to come to the support of the writers. I am pleased to hear that the 72 actors nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will not cross the picket lines.

I am certain that the SAG decision is far from unanimous. I think there are plenty of conservative and neo-conservative actors whose interest in their union stops at the point when it becomes inconvenient. I am tempted to list the names of actors I think would be happy to cross the picket lines if they were nominated; but I will refrain.

Are there actors, composers, directors, producers or writers that you think would cross the line?

You can see the list of all nominees at the Golden Globe site.

Are you honoring the strike? Are you supporting David Letterman and Craig Ferguson while boycotting Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmell?

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