Writers Guild Faces Backlash for Not Condemning Hamas Assault

Simply weeks after the Writers Guild of America displayed solidarity by ending a monthslong strike and voting overwhelmingly in favor of a brand new contract with the most important leisure firms, the union is being roiled by a struggle over its lack of a public assertion condemning the Hamas assault on Israel.

On Oct. 15, eight days after the assault, a gaggle of screenwriters signed an open letter to the Writers Guild asking why it had not issued an announcement condemning the assault. They famous that different main Hollywood unions had issued such statements. The letter now has greater than 300 signers, together with Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Sherman-Palladino (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Gideon Raff (“Homeland”).

It questioned why the Writers Guild had beforehand made public remarks in assist of the Black Lives Matter motion and #MeToo reckoning however remained silent “when terrorists invaded Israel to homicide, rape and kidnap Jews.”

On Friday, 75 members of the guild took half in a Zoom assembly to debate what to do concerning the silence. Choices included withholding dues till the guild management convenes a correct dialog on the difficulty with its membership, in accordance with an individual who attended the dialogue and spoke on the situation of anonymity due to its delicate nature. Different members are contemplating resigning from the guild by submitting for monetary core standing, wherein they’d pay decreased dues and nonetheless obtain the contractual advantages of the collective bargaining settlement.

Later Friday, Meredith Stiehm, the president of the Writers Guild of America West, despatched an e-mail to members who had inquired concerning the lack of a response. “Just like the membership itself, the board’s viewpoints are different, and we discovered consensus out of attain,” she wrote within the letter, which was seen by The New York Occasions. “For these causes, we’ve determined to not remark publicly.”

Calls to the union on Monday weren’t returned.

Jewish leaders have inspired Hollywood’s largest voices to talk out in favor of Israel.

“When celebrities communicate out, it sends an vital message to their tens of thousands and thousands of followers that that is the precise facet to be on,” Jonathan Greenblatt, director of the Anti-Defamation League, wrote in an opinion piece revealed in The Hollywood Reporter.

“In mild of how distorting social media algorithms can current the world,” he added, “it’s much more vital for these voices to chop by way of.”

The writers’ union isn’t the one Hollywood group coping with fallout.

On Sunday, Inventive Artists Company introduced to its workers that Maha Dakhil, the highest-ranking feminine agent within the movement image group, had resigned from the corporate’s inside board and was stepping away from her management position throughout the movement image group after posting inflammatory remarks on Instagram that accused Israel of committing genocide.

Ms. Dakhil has apologized for her feedback. In accordance with an e-mail despatched by the company’s chief government, Bryan Lourd, which was reviewed by The Occasions, she is going to proceed to characterize her purchasers, who embody Natalie Portman, Tom Cruise and Reese Witherspoon.

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