SAG leaders came under heavy fire at a
Virtually all of the audience members who spoke were against the strike authorization. In addition to middle-class actors, Alec Baldwin spoke: he passionately urged that the negotiating committee be replaced, a deal be done, and that there be no strike, in light of the economy. Another celeb who spoke, Joe Pantoliano, was described as leaning against a strike. Meryl Streep was also in attendance, but didn’t speak. Several past presidents of the NY division spoke, all urging that SAG accept the deal on the table or, at least, something similar.
Twice, members called for merger with AFTRA. This was met with applause both times. One attendee told me that Allen evaded questions and kept returning to talking points. Another said that one audience member accused Allen believing that “everybody is wrong but you [i.e., Allen himself].” Still another said that it was clear that New York members were unwilling to accept the SAG national leadership’s “party line,” and that the weekend letter by the New York board opposing the strike authorization accurately represented the feeling of New York members. Members repeatedly asked the Allens “Do you hear what we’re saying,” but were not convinced that they did.
The reception in
Meanwhile, only silence has been heard from the
Whether the leadership will get the 75% affirmative vote it needs to pass the strike authorization is unknowable, and some people are wondering if the authorization will go out at all. Still, there’s another member meeting scheduled in LA for Wednesday, and it will probably be another love fest of self-selected