The Little Strike That Could Do What, Exactly?

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…

is a writer, musician, and amateur sportsman in Manhattan, living on the Harlem side of Morningside Park near Columbia, where he recently picked up a degree from the Journalism School.


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

  3. 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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