Jews throughout Hollywood have taken to the streets to join the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike.
The ongoing labour dispute between the labour union representing more than 11,000 writers and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers began on May 2 and is the largest interruption to American film and television production since the pandemic took hold in 2020.
Writers have held signs saying “Chat GPT doesn’t have childhood trauma” and “Pay your writers or we’ll spoil Succession”.
Mandy Patinkin, who regularly discusses his Judaism in interviews and on his social media channels, joined the picket line alongside his wife, holding up a sign saying “I didn’t even write this sign”.
The Instagram post was captioned with “This is not rocket science. Do the right thing”. He also shared a video of himself doing absolutely nothing saying “This is what I would be doing on TV without writers”.
Mrs Maisel star Alex Bornstein also stood alongside her peers, as did Andy Samberg, and Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Goldstein said, “It’s time writers were paid a fair wage. It seems a real shame that all the good stuff that is made is made by writers … and there are writers who are genuinely struggling to afford to live. It just seems insane.”
Photo: Instagram @mandypatinkin