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Hollywood strikes: Actors join the picket line - including Allison Janney and Jason Sudeikis

A demonstrator striking with WGA and SAG-AFTRA members

Last Friday, members of the SAG-AFTRA union, which represents roughly 160,000 performers, went on strike after failing to reach an agreement with studios following contract talks.

It's the first time since the 1960s that a strike has corresponded with the Writers Guild of America (WGA), which has been on strike since May.

The groups are demanding increased base pay, streaming residuals, health and pension benefits, as well as safeguards on the use of AI in the industry.

Some actors have voiced their support through statements and displays of solidarity, while others have joined picket lines outside of major studios like Disney and Paramount in Los Angeles and New York City – surrounded by signs that read “Logan Roy would pay us more”, "AI is not ART" and “ChatGPT can suck my D.”

From Susan Sarandon to Jason Sudeikis, here are some of the Hollywood stars showing their solidarity with the strike. 

Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Oscar winner Susan Sarandon Derek French/Shutterstock

The X Files star David Duchovny - with arguably the best sign yet TVLine

Kevin Bacon Getty

Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan NDZ/Star Max/GC Images

Booksmart and Don't Worry Darling director Olivia Wilde John Nacion/Shutterstock

Rosario Dawson Gilbert Flores/Getty Images

The West Wing star and Oscar winner Allison Janney Michael Buckner/Variety/Getty Images

Christian Slater Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

Actor Frances Fisher Chris Pizzello via AP

The strikes continue.

Posted on 18 Jul 2023 15:38 link