As a member of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic committee I remember in 1980, after the Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan, President Jimmy Carter threatened the Soviet Union with a U.S. boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics if they did not pull their troops out of Afghanistan. The troops stayed and the boycott went into effect.

Does anyone really believe the Soviet Union would change their foreign policy because the U.S. team wouldn’t show up at their Olympics. Who did the boycott hurt? Not the Soviet Union but the over 460 American athletes who looked forward to the Olympic experience who trained four years for their moment in the sun. In the next Olympics four years later they may not qualify and miss their chance. It was taken away by their own government.

Well, there is a similar situation today with the Writers Guild. To help their cause against the studios they decided to punish the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Who is hurt? Do you really think the studios will change one single negotiating point because of the Golden Globes or the Oscars? Who it really hurts are all the people, including writers, who were looking forward to their Oscar or Golden Globe experience and who may lose their only moment to shine because of the cloud put over the events by the Writers Guild.

Like the Olympic athletes they may never get another chance and it’s a shame. The joy is taken away by one of their own unions. The Olympics and the Oscars, the same story, the wrong people get punished. I hope the Writers Guild will rethink their position.

David L. Wolper

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