SAG plight, labor strife weigh on attendees
Next year’s Emmy Awards could look a lot different, a sea of yellow ribbons worn by several Emmy attendees Sunday cautioned.
Attendees wore the ribbons to show support for the current SAG strike against the advertisers as well as the plight of the writer’s and actor’s unions as they face potential work stoppages next spring and summer.
Thesp-director Charles S. Dutton (“The Corner), who won for directing for a mini or movie, was among the more vocal ribbon-wearers.
“I’m wearing it to support the union and their actors’ strike. I’d like to say that all of the athletes and politicians who are doing commercials as scabs should be kicked in their respective you know whats,” Dutton said.
Several others who didn’t wear ribbons said they would have if they had gotten one. “We must have come in the other door,” said “Saturday Night Live’s” Lorne Michaels, who added that he would have worn one had he gotten his hands on one.
Sela Ward said she’s in support of the strike. “Hopefully they’ll figure it out so we can all go back to work,” she said. “I would like to go back to work with Sprint.”
“The West Wing’s” Aaron Sorkin said he and Rick Cleveland are “proud members” of the Writers Guild, and they support all the unions. “We feel for them, support them, and fear what could happen next year,” Sorkin said, adding that his “Wing” colleague John Wells’ letter as head of the Writers Guild West, urging members not to contribute to network stockpiling is absolutely right. “Of course we can’t make it easier for them to stay way from the negotiation table.”
“Will & Grace,” may be around, however. Eric McCormack said backstage that if asked to cooperate on episodes ahead of schedule to avoid work stoppage, he would probably do so.
Wells for his part insisted he wasn’t pessimistic about the possibility of averting a strike. “I’m very hopeful that a year from now we will be here (at the Emmys),” he said. “Everybody has stated what had to be said … there’s a negotiation to be had.”