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Writers Strike means badly written ad for Writers Strike?

December 2nd, 2007     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

Recently I saw a very powerful ad in support of the Writers Guild of America Strike. A simple yet stunning black and white spot, the ad (which recruited a diverse group of recognizable A-list actors) focused on the idea that they were “speechless” without the writers to support their craft. As a writer I was moved by the imagery and the sentiment:

But then I saw this, also in the series, which (as Racialicious so accurately puts it) “relies on tired, old stereotypes:”

Now I know that Canadians have been urged by PWAC not to take any freelance jobs that would violate picket lines, but this “outsourcing to India” joke (?) really has little to do with the issue and needed awareness at hand. As Carmen Van Kerckhove so wisely says “I’m left scratching my head, wondering what the heck this issue has to do with outsourcing to India? And why exactly does the writers guild need to mock one profession to make a case for fair compensation of their own work?

Well put.

Tags: film reel, media savvy

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