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The Little Strike That Could Do What, Exactly?

By posted at 9:00 am on November 11, 2007 3

The ripples from the Hollywood writers’ strike are felt well outside of the Hollywood pool. Broadway has gone darker than the plot of a Eugene O’Neill play as the stagehands show their solidarity. Production workers for NBC’s “The Office” are out on their ear. Ellen DeGeneres caught in the middle (She and Oprah have both had tough Novembers). Others like Leno and Elaine from Seinfeld seen walking the picket lines with their pasty, underpaid worker bees (dust off the sensible shoes). The windows of houses across the nation glow blue with original “unscripted” Reality TV programming. One feckless young man with literary aspirations turns entrepreneur by selling shirts that read ‘Striking Writer.’ Somewhere, Aaron Sorkin weeps. Eugene Debs shudders in his grave. France smiles knowingly. Alex Rodriguez laughs.

The rest presumably writes itself…

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3 Responses to “The Little Strike That Could Do What, Exactly?”

  1. Andrew Wheeler
    at 8:37 pm on November 11, 2007

    The Broadway stagehands strike isn't in solidarity with anything; they've been working without a contract since July, and got fed up with that.

    It's a completely separate dispute.

  2. Daniel E. Pritchard
    at 9:01 am on November 12, 2007

    It is really appalling that the actors aren't striking as well. One hand feeds the other, after all.

  3. Noah Deutsch
    at 9:50 am on November 12, 2007

    The stage hands are a different union with its own set of contract grievances, yes. But there is a whif of workers of the entertainment world uniting to the coincidence.

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