During the ongoing writer’s strike, actors and writers all around Hollywood are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Billy Porter, an Emmy Award-winning actor, recently disclosed that he had to sell his house because SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) cannot agree on anything with the major players in the entertainment industry.
The Pose actor told a London-based tabloid, “I have to sell my house because we’re on strike and I don’t know when we’re going to go back.”
“The life of an artist is still check-to-check until you make ‘F— you’ money, which I haven’t made yet. In addition to appearing in a new film and program that were both slated to premiere in September. All of it is not taking place.
The WGA, a sizable trade group that represents writers in cinema, television, and radio, went on strike on May 1 in protest against the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP), calling for higher salaries and wages. the trade organization is a group that includes nearly 350 television and
The main Hollywood actor’s union, SAG-AFTRA, joined WGA on the front lines in July. The WGA’s proposal states that in addition to higher pay, members on both sides are also pressing for “viewership-based streaming residuals” and to “regulate the use of artificial intelligence” in Hollywood films.
Actors and writers are on strike at the same time for the first time in 60 years.
Billy Porter also criticized Disney CEO Bob Iger for making a contentious remark on the writer’s strike.
During the discussion, Porter criticized Disney CEO Bob Iger for his previous statement that the demands of the strikers were “not realistic.”
To hear Bob Iger suggest that our demands for a livable wage are unrealistic? Porter lashed back. while earning $78,000 every day?” In response to Iger’s remark, the 53-year-old stated, “I don’t have any words for it, but: F— you.” “That’s not helpful, therefore I refrained from comment. I’m so angry that I haven’t engaged… However, I’ll join the picket lines when I return to the United States.
In a July interview with Sen. Bernie Sanders, SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher asserted that Iger received the large salary.
orter responded to the unidentified industry worker who informed Deadline that the AMPTP would prolong the strike until writers and performers were “losing their apartments and losing their houses.” Porter will play the late great James Baldwin in a forthcoming biopic.
The seasoned Hollywood actor said, “You’ve already starved me out; we’re going to starve them out until they have to sell their apartments.”
The strain of the writer’s strike is being felt by black writers.
The continuing writer’s strike is particularly detrimental to black writers. Several authors stated that when TV and film executives shifted to streaming, their pay in the business fell off during an interview with The Root in May.
According to Tocarra Mallare, a writer for The Problem with John Stewart, steaming has drastically reduced the quality of life for people in her town. “Writing used to be a way for people in the creative field to lead a middle-class life; it’s turning into a gig economy,” the author told The Root.
The co-executive producer of Bob Burgers, Jameel Saleem, called it “ridiculous” that he earned far less money for writing for streaming programs than for network television programs.
“I wrote on another Netflix show, same thing, below scale, residuals very low, and now I work on a network show, and I see the disparities,” the author said of the Netflix show that had a brief run and paid below scale.
Similar thoughts were expressed by Los Angeles resident and third-year WGA member Corey Dashaun. Early in August, the 34-year-old, who worked on the Peacock comedy One of Us Is Lying, told NBC News that it was “demoralizing” to try to advance one’s career in the field when there was a strike.
Dashaun could no longer be able to survive off of the “nest egg” that has been keeping him afloat if he can’t find job soon. If we don’t get back to work soon, “I by no means feel comfortable that my savings will last,” he continued.
SAG-AFTRA made the announcement that it will be processing requests for emergency assistance during the crisis at the beginning of August.
The actor said that the group has raised more than $15 million for the Emergency Financial Assistance Program in a statement sent by SAG-AFTRA Foundation President Courtney B. Vance. Among the celebrities that gave to the cause were Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Leonardo Di Caprio, and George Clooney.
“Our Emergency Financial Assistance Program is here to ensure that performers in need don’t lose their homes, have the ability to pay for utilities, buy food for their families, purchase life-saving prescriptions, cover medical bills, and more,” Vance added. It’s a huge task, but we’re committed to overcoming it.