Originally aired on October 21, 2023
In this episode, the focus is on the ongoing strike by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), as they fight for better pay, job security, and protection against artificial intelligence (AI) in the age of streaming. However, amidst the strike, a peculiar request regarding Halloween costumes has been made by the Guild, which has sparked criticism. Melissa Gilbert, a former president of SAG-AFTRA, expressed her frustration on Instagram, stating that no one cares about Halloween costumes and that these rules are not going to end the strike.
Guild’s Halloween Costume Request
- Instead of specific recognizable characters, Guild recommends generalized costumes.
- Request seems peculiar and irrelevant to the ongoing strike.
- Melissa Gilbert criticized the request, calling it infantile and wanting it to be revoked.
SAG-AFTRA Strike for Better Pay and Job Security
- SAG-AFTRA is fighting for improved compensation and job security.
- The strike aims to address the challenges posed by streaming platforms and AI.
- Negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached an impasse.
Continuing Strike during Spooky Season
- The strike continues through the Halloween season.
- This timing raises questions about the priorities of the Guild.
- Some express concern that the strike may be viewed as less serious due to the costume request.
Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers Walkout
- The producers walked out on the latest negotiation after rejecting SAG-AFTRA’s offer.
- This walkout shows the ongoing struggle to reach a resolution.
- The strike is impacting negotiations and causing tensions between the two sides.
Criticism of Guild’s Approach
- Melissa Gilbert expresses anger and frustration on Instagram.
- She believes focusing on Halloween costumes is taking away from the seriousness of the strike.
- Gilbert calls for the Guild to abandon the costume request and focus on negotiations.