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Writers Guild, Stop Whining

I have to admit that I was secretly thrilled when Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert-–my sole pop-cultural fixes-–announced that they would be coming back on the air at the beginning of January, despite the ongoing Writers Guild strike.
Now, I know that Jews go back to the beginning of organized labor and that such figures as Samuel Gompers and Emma Lazarus helped create a proud legacy of Jewish activism on behalf of exploited workers. I certainly would never cross a picket line to patronize a store or hotel whose workers were on strike. So why can’t I get myself worked up that the Writers Guild strike is an issue that Jews should be supporting?

Maybe it’s because the writers are a far cry from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory workers, or maybe it’s that this strike–as with so many others–seems more about ego than about attaining practical results. Maybe it’s the relentless media coverage: clearly journalists–who, after all, write for a living–think it’s far more interesting when other writers strike than, say, teachers or janitors who have gone more than a year without a contract.
Yes, it seems clear that the producers are being greedy and ridiculous when they deny writers a share of online royalties, as though they weren’t making money hand-over-fist from web-based ad revenues. But neither side is exactly covering itself in glory, and meanwhile the rest of the country is subjected to the spectacle of rich people and richer people whining about one another–that and American Gladiator.
If the strike has shown me anything, it’s that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are both enormously talented and perfectly capable of creating gems without their writers, despite their protestations to the contrary. And since they’re both Jewish (no seriously, check the link), that’s something I can really feel proud of.

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Donny (Psalm 51, me too.)

posted February 5, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Nothing is better for this world, than to have “Hollywood writers” out of work. Maybe I won’t have to skip the commercials when my childrn are in the TV room. I couldn’t wish for anything more than these bearers of porn and violence, to be somewhere else other than influencing our children.

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Scott R.

posted February 5, 2008 at 4:09 pm

This is a Jewish forum. Thanks.

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posted February 5, 2008 at 6:09 pm

1/ I always knew Jon Stewart was Jewish. He went to the College of William and Mary, changed his last name and married a shiksa. What else could he be?
2/ I never understood the notice of a writers union. Is there a breathers union? How about a walkers union?
3/ But if they’re on strike so much the better. Less money for them to donate to the Democrats.

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posted February 5, 2008 at 9:45 pm

I do freelance TV Production work and the strike is putting a serious dent in MY pocket! Personally – I don’t believe that their writers are completely out of the picture – maybe they’re writing from a secret location without the union finding out……????? Seems like the strike is on the way to being settled – so everybody will be able to get their Desperate Housewives fix……

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posted February 6, 2008 at 8:29 am

I would be willing to be a scab. I am a starving writer and I am jewish. Do you think that would work. Hmmm. Maybe I should try to pursue this avenue and try it out before they go off strike.

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laura t mushkat

posted February 6, 2008 at 1:03 pm

the writers are on strike and it is not a Jewish issue so why should it even be looked at as one? silly idea!

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laura t mushkat

posted February 6, 2008 at 1:05 pm

uh-actually an open forum no Jewish-just Jewish in nature

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posted February 6, 2008 at 8:16 pm

with the quality of t.v. these past few years, my first question was “there are writers getting paid for this?”

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posted February 7, 2008 at 9:42 am

You know the actors and actresses have some talent perhaps they are writing their own stuff. lol

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posted February 13, 2008 at 11:19 am

With deep respect for the Rabbi’s opinions of the past, I ask him if he A) lives within that industry B) knows it up close an personal C) Is familiar with an aphorism of the influential ( goyem tho he may be) John Locke?
‘No man’s knwoledge extends beyond his experience”
When a man attains celebrity, as Rabbi W. has, he , like water, seeks it’s own level….What he states has a factual basis–from a more perhaps, priveleged perspective. Just a thought

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posted February 13, 2008 at 2:06 pm

The writers may be going back to work soon and the reality shows will soon be limited due to more programing, Thank God! I miss Ugly Betty and CSI and Dr. Dreamy of Grays Anatomy. I could have enjoyed the reruns, but they didn’t even show them. My TV is now limited to PBS, News, Sports, CSpan, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Yuk and a few Movies most of which I have seen!

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