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Solidarity! Tina Fey, Tim Robbins, Kristin Davis, John Edwards, And The Creepy Guy From "Lost" Rally For Striking Writers

Huffington Post   |  Patrick Waldo and Rachel Sklar   |   November 27, 2007 06:49 PM


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Actors, writers, and politicians gathered this afternoon in Washington Square Park to rally in support of the WGA strike — and HuffPo's Patrick Waldo was there to capture every moment on video, and then edit out the boring parts without celebrities just for you. Strike stalwarts such as 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Jack McBrayer, SNL's Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, plus Sex and the City's Kristin Davis, The Office's Rashida Jones, The Player's Tim Robbins, The Color Purple's Danny Glover and Michael Emerson, aka the Creepy Guy from Lost. rallied in support of the writers, Oh, and special guest star John Edwards! "This is all about fairness, it's about opportunity, it's about making sure those who create the work that generates revenue actually gets to share in that revenue," said Edwards. "We have to show that we're gonna have economic fairness and economic justice in America again, and I promise you this: When I'm President of the United States, there will be economic fairness in the United States of America again!" Strike rally, campaign rally, whatever.

In addition to signs literally proclaiming "solidarity" (see at 0:22), according to Patrick the event was a study in same, with strikers, celebrities and hangers-on all remaining after the speeches, "chatting it up with the smallest of press members (including me with my Canon Hand Held)." Writers from The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, SNL, and Late Night With Conan O'Brien were all in attendance, plus Jordan Carlos (aka Stephen Colbert's black friend), apparently filing a video report. Comedian Richard Belzer was there with big-fish Sopranos mastermind (and writer's writer) David Chase, near his longtime cast member and now recent 30 Rock guest star Edie Falco. Nearby, ER's Anthony Edwards and Julianna Margulies joined Glover and Robbins, both of whom also spoke, behind SAG NY President Sam Freed.





Writers have been on strike since Nov. 5th over what they assert is their share of revenue from DVDs and digital downloads and streams of their work online.

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collapse  MadMoll (See profile | I'm a fan of MadMoll)

I was in attendance as part of Operation Superstantial Truthiness, whose mission was to provide visible fan support and tasty, yet healthy snacks. I've been walking the line in support of the writers. I feel honored that I have been permitted to stand with them. As an actor, without them, I am merely a dumbshow.

collapse  svevo (See profile | I'm a fan of svevo)

Are the actors/writers willing to take less money as actors to help pay the writers more? Isn't the actors' salary just as much to blame as greedy studios?

collapse  godlessclif (See profile | I'm a fan of godlessclif)

NO! actor work. Studios are capitalist paracites.

The actor salary is small compares to the unearned income of the Megacorps. One in a million actors gets 10 million dollars a picture. Every CEO of every Megacorp gets that money or more and they can't sing or dance.

Owners like Rupert Murdoch and Sumner Redstone are multi-billionaires.
They make more money in interest on their money every day than Julia Roberts is paid in a year.


Bill Gates, one of the Dreamworks partners could support every actor and every writer in America for a year and not even notice.
Gates could double the salary of every dreamworks employee, with the exception of upper management. That is double the pay of every W2-form working person and still make a profit on Dreamworks.

You just have no clue how unfair capitalism is.

collapse  middleoftheroad (See profile | I'm a fan of middleoftheroad)

"It makes sense for illiterate actors, such as Tim Robbins and Danny Glover, to want writers to get back to work so they can appear to say something intelligent."
Danny Glover is a moron, but Tim Robbins is a pretty smart guy and has always backed the union movement. He wrote "Cradle Will Rock" which is about a play ABOUT a strike. I don't agree with him all the time but he has a lot of integrity!
myspace.com/republicans4obama

collapse  tryingtostaysaneinWA (See profile | I'm a fan of tryingtostaysaneinWA)

Someone was saying that Stewart and Colbert should go on anyway but they are both writers themselves and would be crossing the line. Yes they have many other writers but they also write too. They are smart enough to do it alone and could but I believe they don't want to cross picket line and are supporting the strike.

I just hope people with night time shows don't get pushed into going back during the strike. They need to stay tough. I know its hard but hang in there. The writers are right on this!

I miss Steve and Jon to but at what cost... we always get mad at congress caving...would we want to do the same for our entertainment??

collapse  lungwort (See profile | I'm a fan of lungwort)

"I hope the writers get what they want as well. I miss Letterman, Stewart and Colbert."

I thought Colbert and Stewart were supposed to be comedic geniuses. Wouldn't you think they could at least come up with some of their own material? A half-hour show with commercials is about 20 minutes of content. That's a little over 1.5 hours a week.
These guys have been exposed as empty suits reading a script. That's gotta hurt.

collapse  ClaudiaJean (See profile | I'm a fan of ClaudiaJean)

You're kidding right? Cause you're clearly clueless (and I'd reckon a little bit bitter based on your post.)

Colbert and Stewart are comedic geniuses.
Genius enough to know that to put on a quality program, on a daily basis, with consistency and humor takes a team of talented people.
If you want to see Jon Stewart do stand-up, buy a ticket to one of his shows.
But the Daily Show is a team effort -- really, you think he spends 24/7 watching CSPAN, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, foreign news feeds, local affiliate news... then writes, edits, posts and airs the footage? Do you have any clue what is involved in putting on a program?
No. So you step up on soapbox and put down some talented folks who have always acknowledge the team effort behind their success and shares awards and accolades with their writers.
You're bitter and clueless -- what a sad and ill-informed state to be in.

collapse  lungwort (See profile | I'm a fan of lungwort)

Wow, a belly full of anger from you, eh? Do you really think Stewart doesn't write his own material because he doesn't have the time to follow the news? And why would you have to watch all of the channels 24 hours a day to get informed enough to do his 20-minute show? Your argument is lame.

And yes, he could write and edit the material if it's his own. BFD. And what the hell do writers have to do with airing the footage and puting on the program anyway? I didn't hear anything about the production staffs being on strike.

I though he was so smart that he should run for office? But he can't write his own material for The Daily Show? And by the way, it's a fake news show, even though Arrianna and so many of you leftist say it isn't.




collapse  JDX (See profile | I'm a fan of JDX)

Well said ClaudiaJean.

I'm guessing lungwort's closest encounter with the world of television was when he got interviewed by the local news after he saw his neighbor's trailer burn down.

collapse  lungwort (See profile | I'm a fan of lungwort)

That's right this is the Huff Post, where anyone who's not a lib must live in a trailor park. That's a pretty shallow view of politics, wouldn't you agree?

collapse  JDX (See profile | I'm a fan of JDX)

I have no idea what your political affiliation is, I just know that you thought Jon Stewart would be able to write an Emmy Award winning 22 minute show 4 times a week ON HIS OWN. So you either don't work in a creative field or you are just not too bright.

collapse  NoContest (See profile | I'm a fan of NoContest)

I never before noticed how much Tinnie Fey looks like the Geico lizard or some other muppet like clone. Maybe a female Kermit the Frog, but definitely, the Geico lizard.

Wassup Tinnie? Wanna sell insurance in your spare time.

Raptor.

collapse  JDX (See profile | I'm a fan of JDX)

What a strange, nonsensical comment.

Tina Fey is beautiful. Inside and out.

collapse  lungwort (See profile | I'm a fan of lungwort)

I'd have to say that your comment is even stranger. Are you her brother or something?

collapse  samuraijack (See profile | I'm a fan of samuraijack)

Oy Vey! Enough with the Tina Fey!!! Please settle so we don't have to see her anymore. Jack Out.

collapse  skippybkroo (See profile | I'm a fan of skippybkroo)

skippy was at the warners picket line today where the horror writers held an exorcism to cast the demons out of the producers heads.

http://xnerg.blogspot.com/2007/11/horrorthe-horrorof-producers-not-paying.html

collapse  kingofscotts (See profile | I'm a fan of kingofscotts)

Goddamn Edwards is a oportunist. What's next Edwards are you going to tell us that when you're elected people like Christopher Reeves will get up and walk......oh wait you already tried that one.

What a douche bag.

collapse  Rand (See profile | I'm a fan of Rand)

Edwards has supported organized labor for a lifetime. That's hardly opportunism

collapse  godlessclif (See profile | I'm a fan of godlessclif)

King of Scots just hates and fears his employees.
He knows his income depends on their work.
Capitalist pretend they are doing you a favor by
having you do their work for them.

What was the John Lennon line.

"They hate you if your clever
and they despise a fool."

collapse  ResidentChimp (See profile | I'm a fan of ResidentChimp)

It makes sense for illiterate actors, such as Tim Robbins and Danny Glover, to want writers to get back to work so they can appear to say something intelligent.

collapse  ClaudiaJean (See profile | I'm a fan of ClaudiaJean)

So, if they disagree with you, they're illiterate.
Wow. How does the "i'm rubber, you're glue" argument fit into this pattern? And when do you engage in the "I know you are but what am I?" tactic.
ResidentChimp -- nah, that would be too evolved.

collapse  godlessclif (See profile | I'm a fan of godlessclif)

Viva Hugo Chavez.

collapse  Gary47 (See profile | I'm a fan of Gary47)

Wake me up when the writers write something worth paying attention to.

collapse  triestina (See profile | I'm a fan of triestina)

>Has anybody watched TV lately? The people don't deserve a raise, their masters should have their take lowered.

collapse  eastcoastprogressive (See profile | I'm a fan of eastcoastprogressive)

Can't we just let the boob tube die its richly deserved death. The internet is where all the action is now anyway.

collapse  OttoMann (See profile | I'm a fan of OttoMann)

Clueless comments like this one and others above show that the people striking are not communicating their issue well. (Ironically, you'd think a group of writers would understand the importance of Focus.)

The issue is: if people are going to go to the internet -- or any other source -- for entertainment, no matter how awful, dumb, low-brow, whatever, the writers (and performers, producers, directors, ALL those involved) should get a piece of the pie. If there is no pie, fine; if the pie is small, their piece is small; but if the pie -- down the road -- turns out to be big, why should some mega-corporate entity get it all?

Isn't it ironic that these internet companies are called "content providers"? Who is actually providing the content?

collapse  godlessclif (See profile | I'm a fan of godlessclif)

Your brain is the intellectual property of Sumner Redstone. I read classic science fiction and two things were never predicted in the wildest dreams
of the SciFi writers. Live TV from the moon on the first landing. And the concept of writers and inventors selling intellectual property.

Selling intellectual property is a form of brain slavery that SCiFi writers though could only be accomplished by hypnotizing the victim. It was also widely assumed in SciFi such a zombiefied engineer, scientist or writer could not do creative work.

collapse  JaneaneTheAcerbicGoblin (See profile | I'm a fan of JaneaneTheAcerbicGoblin)

I wish I could have been there.

collapse  visualizechimpeachment (See profile | I'm a fan of visualizechimpeachment)

I had a terrific time at the rally today. As a WGAw member, I was happy to carry a sign and join my peers, and as a member also of the AFT, I was surrounded by lots of other members of the Teacher's Union who recognize this is everyone's fight.

ps: John Edwards is the one we should nominate.

collapse  jhoughton1 (See profile | I'm a fan of jhoughton1)

We should all try to stop referring to the strike as "The WGA Strike" and/or "The Writers Strike." Ownership needs to be shifted onto those whose greedy and unreasonable behavior has necessitated the walkout. Here are some suggestions that are out there already, but feel free to float others -- until something sticks.
"The Media Companies' Strike."
"The Media Conglomerate Lockout."
"The Internet Strike" (that one fails to shift blame, but perhaps it will catch on -- the most important goal being to stop having the writers be attached, all by themselves, to the negative baggage of the word "strike".)

collapse  kellygrrrl (See profile | I'm a fan of kellygrrrl)

I heart John Edwards

... even more now than i did before

collapse  Ani (See profile | I'm a fan of Ani)

Yes, Kellygrrrrl.

I heart John Edwards too.

He's here for working people. He's here for the middle class. He's here for the poor. He's here for all.

I also heart Elizabeth Edwards.

She's MY first lady, the election aside.

Blessings to all,

Ani

collapse  kellygrrrl (See profile | I'm a fan of kellygrrrl)

I definitely agree on the Elizabeth sentiment.
She is a smart lady, and she is very REAL.

collapse  John Russell FL 5 (See profile | I'm a fan of John Russell FL 5)

So Much for the Student Vote in Iowa...

http://www.creators.com/opinion/susan-estrich.html

College students won't be voting in the Iowa caucus this year. Or, at least, most of those who would have won't now, and those who still can might not know about it yet. No matter how you look at it, it's a mess. The problem is the calendar. �more at link above


So which candidate in IA does this hurt the most?

Edwards or Obama? Cuz it ain't gonna hurt Hillary none!

and many other ways...they made it hard for students in OH in 2004 by placing enough voting machines for only 1/3 of the students to vote! The lines were forever, students passed out...remember? The media did not show it...

Remember Florida A&M in 2004? This IS purposefully Organized voter DISENFRANCHISEMENT By the Democratic Party .. of these students. You know that this does not benefit either Obama or Edwards.

So what are we going to do about this?

I call for a student to come forward in Iowa and file a class action law suit to restore the date of the Iowa caucuses to insure that ALL voters will be able to participate and not be excluded by a designed schedule change for the caucus when they are home on Christmas Break. J R

collapse  kingofscotts (See profile | I'm a fan of kingofscotts)

He hearts you too....in a Jeff Gannon sort of way.

Nothing wrong with that though, Elizabeth gave him permission.

collapse  Rand (See profile | I'm a fan of Rand)

Have you considered seeing a physician about that cranial blockage of your anus?

collapse  kingofscotts (See profile | I'm a fan of kingofscotts)

Rand

So glad you're here. Nobody can post idiocy like you can. McMental tried but never came close to the braindead posts you vomit onto your keyboard each and every day.

I support your right to be a douche bag.

collapse  Rand (See profile | I'm a fan of Rand)

From a right-wing, anti-labor lunatic like you, that's a compliment, indeed!

collapse  StrategicThinker (See profile | I'm a fan of StrategicThinker)

Ooooh, two older women that I absolutely adore because they are so adorable...Tina Fey and Kristin Davis.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xJdRFSPL5Pw

http://youtube.com/watch?v=URifgPRtluE

They seem to have such "great" attitudes and dispositions, which just enhances their natural beauty.

Oh, good luck with the strike.

collapse  Ani (See profile | I'm a fan of Ani)

Tina Fey and Kristin Davis --- older women? NOT!!!

When they reach my age, they can claim that title.

Until then, they'll just have to cling to the legs of younger women like you (perhaps) who call them older.

Best of luck with that age-descrimination thing, by the way,

Ani

collapse  LITU (See profile | I'm a fan of LITU)

After beginning the first couple of hundred pages of Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine" I have a better understanding of what drives the powers-that-be in America. And it ain't purdy!

collapse  John Russell FL 5 (See profile | I'm a fan of John Russell FL 5)

I encourage people to watch the attached video. The speakers are compelling.

Danny Glover speaks passionately for justice. John Edwards speaks of the economic justice he will deliver to the American people as President.

Funny Danny Glover must have recognized something in John Edwards early on as he gave Edwards his endorsement soon after Edwards announced.

John Edwards walks the walk where his opponents hardly even talk. J R

collapse  Wrong2bRight (See profile | I'm a fan of Wrong2bRight)

I like Danny Glover, he's friends with freedom fighter Hugo Chavez.

collapse  middleoftheroad (See profile | I'm a fan of middleoftheroad)

Danny Glover is a nut. Chavez is ramming a referendum to establish himself with "indefinite re-election" this weekend. Yeah, Justice in Venezuela! If Edwards is smart he will RUN from Glover's endorsement NOW. Unless Edwards is trying to gain the support of dictators that is!

collapse  kingofscotts (See profile | I'm a fan of kingofscotts)

You must be new here.

Chavez is a hero to the hufftards. See they don't believe he is really a dictator, it's all just made up by "faux noise". The referendum is also made up. He's actually a great guy a real buddy to the people.

Dictators heart hufftards
hufftards heart dictators

freedom is only for Americans, dont ya know

collapse  John Russell FL 5 (See profile | I'm a fan of John Russell FL 5)

Just one more example of John Edwards standing by those who actually work for a living, no matter where they work or what they do.

Organized Labor ENDORSES John Edwards because they TRUST John Edwards to do more than just talk.

collapse  kingofscotts (See profile | I'm a fan of kingofscotts)

Hmmm two of the most crooked groups.

Organized labor and John Edwards/Trial Lawyers.

With that combo what could go wrong?

Edwards walks the walk alright (if you pay him 75 grand of taxpayer money to talk about poverty).

Hooray for Edwards a true snake amongst snakes.

collapse  Rand (See profile | I'm a fan of Rand)

Right: Working people and those who represent the injured are disgusting!

Please remember that whenever you... I dunno... Want anything done, or if you get hurt in any way

collapse  kingofscotts (See profile | I'm a fan of kingofscotts)

Actually if I get hurt I would prefer not to have such huge medical bills thanks in large part to people like Edwards.

As for working people they are not disgusting and for you to say they are proves what douche you really are. Now the disguisting people are the leaders of organized labor (crooks) who take advantage of working people.

Anything else you wanna throw out there Rand. I always enjoy reading your verbal diarrhea. Did you get a plaque for being the resident ass clown?

collapse  Rand (See profile | I'm a fan of Rand)

Cute... Idiotic, but cute

Edwards would have medical costs drop

He does, though, defend those who have been harmed. I guess that makes him a bad guy, huh?

You're the one who thinks it's terrible for working people to work together to better their lives. You seem to think that bosses will treat workers well out of the goodness of their hearts.

collapse  lungwort (See profile | I'm a fan of lungwort)

"Edwards would have medical costs drop"

Really? How's that?

collapse  John Russell FL 5 (See profile | I'm a fan of John Russell FL 5)

Lungwort... Edwards would over time as private insurance competed on price w/ the govt. eventually get the INSURANCE industry out of the business of financing health care in this country to the tune of 40% of health care costs annually!

collapse  Purcy (See profile | I'm a fan of Purcy)

I hope the writers get what they want as well. I miss Letterman, Stewart and Colbert. It's time to put a stop to the thinking that the only people that deserve to make money and to keep the money they make are already the most wealthy in this country. Everyone deserves to make a living wage, to be able to afford a home and to support their families. Give the writers what they want, treat them justly, and let's get the good shows back!!!

collapse  FreedomCorpse (See profile | I'm a fan of FreedomCorpse)

I hope the writers get what they want, blogs certainly aren't cutting the mustard these days with the void left by the writers.

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