I have seen some commentary that all the celebrities are undermining the seriousness of the strike. Specifically that it makes it look like it’s just fun and the writers get to be all giddy about what stars showed up.
But you know…it actually is quite relevant to this strike. These actors are supporting a strike that could end up costing them future work. And I mean that in more ways than one. Most obvious is that should the strike last long enough, there will not be new projects for film stars and seasons will end for actors. Their income risks being impacted. To top it off, I do not doubt for a moment some producers might hold support of the writers against an actor.
Seeing support from actors, directors, the assistants, etc… all these people count. It shows that lots of people support the writers. With actors (and directors, and assistants, etc) on the front lines, it shows solidarity of the people who on films and TV shows. If they see how important writers are… how can it be so hard for the producers and studios to see it?
Of course, maybe some would feel this is hollow if they knew I was secertly trying to determine a way to slip away from my desk, get on a plane, fly to L.A., get in a cab to the Universal lot grab a picket sign and shake Patrick Warburton’s hand and get back to Minnesota before anyone notices I am gone.