The strike in Hollywood at the moment is getting nasty. There have been a few back-and-forths with actors and executives and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Fran Drescher is the president of the SAG-AFTRA and has had a pop at Bob Iger, head of Disney.
Iger, who earns over $25 million a year, said:
“We managed, as an industry, to negotiate a very good deal with the directors guild that reflects the value that the directors contribute to this great business. We wanted to do the same thing with the writers, and we’d like to do the same thing with the actors. There’s a level of expectation that they have, that is just not realistic. And they are adding to the set of the challenges that this business is already facing that is, quite frankly, very disruptive.”
That’s what strikes are for Bob, to disrupt your business and make you sit up and take notice of the people that do the actual work. The comments didn’t sit well with Drescher who is currently on the picket line, she said:
“I found [his comments] terribly repugnant and out of touch. Positively tone deaf. I don’t think it served him well…If I were that company, I would lock him behind doors and never let him talk to anybody about this, because it’s so obvious that he has no clue as to what is really happening on the ground with hard working people that don’t make anywhere near the salary he is making. High seven figures, eight figures, this is crazy money that they make, and they don’t care if they’re land barons of a medieval time.”
Weren’t a lot of land barons burned at the stake when the workers finally had enough and revolted? I’m not giving anyone any idea, I’m just saying. Others are all saying the same thing about Iger.
Anthony Rapp: "I don't think it's realistic for Bob Iger and other CEOs to make 27, 35, 200 million dollars a year and expect that the labor that allows them to make that kind of money demands fair wages." https://t.co/ZxyhOOnavK pic.twitter.com/JDqEvlY0VG
— Variety (@Variety) July 14, 2023
I know the healthcare system in the US is very different to here in the UK. it turns out that if you want a health care package from SAG-AFTRA, an actor has to make at least $26k a year. If you are making under that, you have no coverage. This is on top of paying for silly things like food and rent.
On Bob Iger’s wage, he makes £26 in half a day. There’s obviously a lot more going on with the strikes at the moment, but it’s funny how it’s always the workers, at the bottom run of the business that strike. I can’t see Iger strike since his $25 million just isn’t a living wage.
Ron Pearlman On The Strikes
Another big name in Hollywood, Ron Pearlman hasn’t been happy about the strike either. In a now-deleted Instagram post, he said about another studio exec:
“…we know who said that, and where he f—ing lives.”
Adding the studio exec should “be careful.” Pearlman thinks the strike will go on for a while. So long, in fact, that some of those strike wouldn’t be able to afford rent and start losing their homes. He said that some of the comments amounted to wishing that “families starve”, while these execs, like Iger, make millions for “creating nothing”.
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