This Weeks Winners and Losers

10 Nov

Winner: Rip Torn, who has outlasted Norman Mailer. The two had an ongoing battle that included a filmed fight scene where Rip bit off part of Norman’s ear. See it on ifilm.

Loser: Writers who call other writers “scabs” and anyone who throws around the word scab during a strike. Especially other unions. Mona Mangan from the WGA says they are asking for acts of individual conscience. She’s an idiot. Truly. If you ask for acts of individual conscience then you don’t get to publicly berate people when they exercise it.

Winner: Craigslist, Los Angeles job listings which are targeting unemployed writers.

Loser: WGA Strikers who have taken it upon themselves to shut down production. Once again, I have to point out that the people working on the sets are your compatriots and not your enemies. Learn to motivate them to be with you and stop making them hate us. Because right now, every working member of IATSE hates the writers for being shrill and stupid and I can’t say I blame them.

Winner: Craig Mazin’s Artful Writer for posting intelligent updates about the strike often updated by the dreamily intelligent Ted Elliott.

Loser: Craig Mazin’s commenters who tend to downshift into name calling and grandstanding. Blogs are free, people. Go get one. Taking over comment boards is so lame.

Winner: WGA for getting so much undeserved press coverage.

Loser: Broadways Local 1 union for getting no press coverage.

And here is the truth. I am pro union. I am pro WGA. But this strike is completely insane. The leadership is not leading. We are protesting the people who are working under union contracts and not the people who own the means of distribution. There is tremendous dissent. The inmates seem to be running the asylum. And frankly I am so tired of it all.

4 Responses to “This Weeks Winners and Losers”

  1. Shannin November 11, 2007 at 8:43 pm #

    Just to let you know I’m still reading…

    It’s the voice that kills me. Plus the look of the driver. I still hope to hook up with you when I get to LA…

  2. Shannin November 12, 2007 at 12:21 am #

    what gets me in the ad is the look of the driver before the coyote sings and then the voice of the coyote. I can watch that ad over and over… it almost makes me want to trade in my Honda…

  3. Jeff November 12, 2007 at 5:47 am #

    Hi, Beth!

    Hi!

  4. bethshax November 13, 2007 at 1:36 am #

    Hi Jeff!!!!!!!

    Hi!

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