Thank You, Writers

wga-onstrike.gifI could see the red shirts from about half a block away. I glanced in the rear-view mirror at my son, sleepily gazing out the window.

“There’s going to be honking,” I warned him. “Loud beeping.”

We joined a truck and another car, just us three out of at least a dozen vehicles, in honking at the strikers in front of the Paramount gate.

As we continued down Melrose I tried to explain to my son, who is only one and a half, why we honked. And I began to cry, because the men and women in the red shirts are my heroes. They’re not just striking for 4¢ or for online residuals – they’re striking for me. They are fighting for something that I hope to benefit from. Someday, hopefully not too long from now, I will join the WGA. Thanks to the members striking now, I will get a fair share then.

So thanks, guys. I know my honking is inadequate expression of how grateful I am. It was the best I could do today. I hope to do better tomorrow.

9 Replies to “Thank You, Writers”

  1. I’m in the same boat as you, Annika. A lot of those old timers have made their money already. I met Peter Casey on the line, today. He doesn’t need any more money, but he knows there were people willing to strike for him, in 1960.

    They’re not striking for themselves. They’re striking for the future.

  2. Well, I certainly hope they ARE striking for themselves. But it benefits everyone. It is the future. And I am doubly appreciative of folks like Mr. Casey who walk the lines because of what it means, not because they need to.

  3. Benefits everyone? Hardly.

    Tell that to the cameramen, camera assistants, hair stylists, makeup artists, wardrobe people, grips, electricians, craft service, props people, construction, medic, art department, set dressers, sound men, stand-ins, set PAs, assistant directors, DGA trainee, unit manager, production office personnel, casting people, script supervisor, editors, editors assistants, post production personnel, facilities manager, drivers, location managers, accountants, and caterers that are out of work and a paycheck thanks to the WGA strike.

    I’m not saying the writers are wrong, but they are not heroes to anyone but writers.

  4. Michael,

    Are all those craftspeople you mentioned out of work because of the WGA and its members, or because the studios are liars who refuse to play fair about where they’re getting income from product the writers participated in?

    I think anyone is a hero who stands up against the studios, who usually must answer to no one.

  5. Michael, I am feeling like you missed my point. I have total sympathy for everyone who is out of work because of this strike, but my post was only about the WGA members. It is perfectly fine and valid to mention everyone else, but it does not actually contradict my point – that the writers are heroes to me.

  6. Annika,

    As the, erm, “hot wife” (and striking writer) mentioned in the link above, I’d like to thank you so much for your support!

    I’ve blogged about my experiences (and cases of mistaken identity!) with the strike over here if you’re interested.

    Cheers,
    Nina Bargiel
    aka the slackmistress

  7. If you think your horn honking was inadequate I got you beat, Annika. Biking to work this morning past Sony Studios whenever I past some strikers I was dinging my bell like the mad cyclist I am. They were digging it.

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