Gilbert hits Harper’s runaway plan

SAG prexy candidate advocates 'multi-pronged' approach

Screen Actors Guild presidential candidate Melissa Gilbert has blasted rival Valerie Harper as being unrealistic about the runaway production issue.

Gilbert, in a statement issued Tuesday, said Harper’s recent proposal for producers to voluntarily stop foreign shooting for a year would undermine efforts to achieve a long-term solution. Harper has also called for an “entertainment summit” to help the nation’s economy by stopping runaway production.

“By suggesting that producers might be persuaded to voluntarily keep production in the U.S., Valerie has both raised false hopes and weakened our argument for tax incentive legislation,” Gilber asserted. “What SAG desperately needs is a reasoned, strategic approach to this issue. What Valerie is offering members is a jumble of conflicting sound bite proposals.”

Gilbert also repeated her criticism of Harper for refusing to publicly debate the issue prior to the election, set for Oct. 12-31, and for supporting countervailing tariffs against producers who receive foreign subsidies.

In response, Harper noted she is advocating a “multi-pronged” approach to support all possible avenues to fight runaway production.

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