In news almost as exciting as my new bench max, the Writers’ Guild of America is on strike. I’m not a screenwriter but this one feels pretty close to home, and they’re not asking for anything the people profiting off their work don’t already have.
Vulture talked to a former entertainment lawyer turned journalist about what led to this point and what the consequences could be, and this phrase near the end really struck me:
The most powerful tool labor has is to withhold its labor. The difficulty is that unlike a hammer with a cushion grip, this is more like a knife you have to hold by the blade. It hurts the workers as much as, or perhaps even more than, it hurts the studios.
If you love stories, support writers. Hold the line!
— Sabrina Almeida (@sabrinaDalmeida) May 2, 2023