Every day that the actors’ and writers’ unions remain on strike marks another day that LGBT activists in Hollywood are not producing “worldview-changing” propaganda for popular consumption, according to the national director of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
This may come as good news to those Americans growing tired of the coordinated effort by various gatekeepers and
cultural engineers in media to shoehorn unprecedented amounts of LGBT content into film and television for non-artistic reasons. However, for SAG-AFTRA director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, the delays are unconscionable.
Crabtree-Ireland, a past co-president of the LGBTQ Bar Association of Los Angeles,
spoke at a recent press conference announcing the LGBT activist outfit GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index — an index that monitors how much non-straight content is being manufactured for film and television, always encouraging more.
The union executive noted that LGBT propaganda efforts might be set back in 2024 and beyond owing to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’ alleged unwillingness to capitulate to strikers’
“The studios’ and streamers’ insistence on keeping the industry shut down not only harms the economies of communities that rely on motion picture production, but it’s also detrimental to the pipeline of future projects that feature LGBTQ+ representation,” said Crabtree-Ireland. “Though some gains have been made in recent years, storytelling that reflects the full, true spectrum of the human experience is currently under attack.”
According to GLAAD’s
latest index, 28.5% of the 350 films released by 10 major distributors — including A24, Amazon Studios, AppleTV+, Paramount Global, and the Walt Disney Company — contained a non-straight character, “the highest number and percentage recorded in the 11 years GLAAD has conducted this study.”
Forty percent of the 292 non-straight characters across the 100 “LGBTQ-inclusive” films were nonwhites; 119 were women, and 10 were individuals who rejected their biological sex.
When judging studios on the basis of how much LGBT content they peddled in 2022, NBCUniversal and Disney both scored “good” ratings, Disney having made sure 41% of its output was “LGBTQ-inclusive.”
These numbers may be hard to hit if the studios prove unable to generate any content this year.
Crabtree-Ireland suggested that AMPTP companies “are complicit in this regressive push if they continue preventing artists from getting back to work and making their worldview-changing stories.”
“Everyone deserves to grow up seeing their identity authentically represented in film and media,” continued Crabtree-Ireland. “The companies must come back to the negotiating table, make a fair deal, get writers and performers back to work, and help all of us use the profound power of the medium — along with empowering LGBTQ+ representation — to build a better, more welcoming future for generations to come.”
SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher, the “anti-capitalist” multimillionaire who decades ago starred in the CBS sitcom, “The Nanny,” similarly suggested that a failure to satisfy the actors’ and writers’ demands amounted to a setback to “inclusive representation.”
“Right now, there’s a very tiny but loud segment of our population that’s hard at work spreading hate and fear while attempting to squash all storytelling that showcases the full, beautiful reality of the human experience,” added the Democratic 65-year-old. “The longer the AMPTP companies keep the entertainment industry shut down by refusing to come back to the bargaining table, the more risk there is for disrupting the progress that’s been made in terms of inclusive representation.”
At the press conference, GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis joined her comrades in underscoring what is at stake for propagandists as it pertains to the strike: “LGBTQ stories told through film have a powerful and inextricable link to culture change. With more people than ever now empowered to live authentically and openly, the cost of lost progress in LGBTQ representation on screen means erasure.”
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reported that Michele Mulroney, the vice president of the similarly striking Writers Guild of America, claimed, “The stalling of the AMPTP companies for the last 136 Days, and their refusal to engage in a basic negotiating process that gives writers a fair deal, threatens to impede the progress made by LGBTQ+ writers and deny our culture of powerful, authentic LGBTQ+ stories.”
indicated that Hollywood studios and the WGA may be nearing an agreement to bring the strike to an end, with negotiations restarting Thursday.
If a deal is not reached, CNBC suggested that the WGA strike, which has already gone on for over 140 days, may continue through the end of the year. That would mean that production on properties at Netflix, Disney, and Paramount, may be delayed well into 2024.
Besides preventing recycled comic book properties from being produced and the LGBT agenda from being furthered to GLAAD’s satisfaction, this strike is having a significant impact on production companies’ bottom lines.
Warner Bros. Discovery, among the media giants impacted, noted in a
recent securities filing that it expects the company’s earnings before interest and taxes to suffer a $300-$500 million hit owing to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
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