Artists Backing the Hollywood Writers’ Strike: A Spectrum from Flavor Flav to Weezer

WGA Writers' Strike

People picket beyond Paramount Pictures workshops throughout the Hollywood authors strike on May 4, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

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The recurring Writers Guild of America strike has actually been impacting television collection, late evening talk programs as well as honors reveals considering that Monday (May 1), after arrangements with the Alliance of Motion Picture as well as Television Producers fell short to generate a brand-new bargain.

Members had actually enacted March to leave if a contract was not made by the time the agreement ended.

“While company profits have remained high and spending on content has grown, writers are falling behind,” the WGA claimed in a declaration shown The Hollywood Reporter. “The companies have used the transition to streaming to cut writer pay and separate writing from production, worsening working conditions for series writers at all levels. On TV staffs, more writers are working at minimum regardless of experience, often for fewer weeks, or in mini-rooms, while showrunners are left without a writing staff to complete the season. And while series budgets have soared over the past decade, median writer-producer pay has fallen.”

Since it started, the authors’ strike has actually gathered assistance from lots of stars in Hollywood, consisting of a variety of artists. From Flavor Flav signing up with militants beyond Warner Bros. workshops to Imagine Dragons, Weezer as well as a lot more spreading out the love via mini efficiencies, see listed below for every one of the artists that have actually been sustaining authors as the strike proceeds.

  • Flavor Flav

    The rap artist signed up with militants on May 18 in Burbank, Calif., outdoors Warner Bros. workshops, revealing assistance for the recurring Writers Guild of America strike. In images as well as video clips shared to social networks, he brought pizza, hamburgers as well as french fries to those on the picket line as well as likewise danced along to his Public Enemy demonstration anthem, “Fight the Power.”

    He was likewise seen presenting for images with the Ted Lasso team, consisting of Jason Sudeikis, as well as the Abbott Elementary team, consisting of Quinta Brunson.

  • Imagine Dragons

    The band’s vocalist Dan Reynolds as well as guitar player Daniel Sermon dropped in the Netflix picket line in Hollywood on May 10, where they dealt with militants to an acoustic efficiency of their hits “Radioactive” as well as “Whatever It Takes.”

  • Weezer

    Similarly, Weezer played an unplanned acoustic collection on the Paramount Pictures whole lot for the picketers on May 17. Singer/guitar player Rivers Cuomo, guitar player Brian Bell as well as bassist Scott Shriner did a mini-set that included their 1994 hit “Buddy Holly” as well as 2005’s “Beverly Hills.”

  • Tom Morello

    Tom Morello likewise captivated picketers in assistance, as the Rage Against the Machine rocker was detected on May 10 doing his demonstration anthem, “Union Song,” from his solo job The Nightwatchman.

  • Snoop Dogg

    “[Artists] need to figure it out the same way the writers are figuring it out,” Snoop claimed throughout a May 3 panel with Variety‘s executive music editor Shirley Halperin and Gamma’s Larry Jackson. “The writers are striking because [of] streaming, they can’t get paid. Because when it’s on the platform, it’s not like in the box office.”

    He proceeded, “I don’t understand how the f— you get paid off of that s—. Somebody explain to me how you can get a billion streams and not get a million dollars?… That’s the main gripe with a lot of us artists is that we do major numbers… but it don’t add up to the money. Like, where the f— is the money?”



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