The actor’s union, SAG-AFTRA, announced rules for Halloween costumes during the ongoing strike this week. The union’s decision was not well-received by the actors.
Is Ryan Reynolds’ 8-year-old daughter a strikebreaker?
The message from SAG-AFTRA is clear. Any costume that can be associated with movies or TV shows produced by companies involved in the collective dispute is prohibited. Therefore, union members should not be seen in costumes such as Barbie, Wednesday Addams, or comic book superheroes.
Many people reacted negatively to this union directive. Ryan Reynolds bluntly expressed his thoughts on the matter on the platform X, writing: “I can’t wait to spend the whole night yelling ‘strikebreaker’ at my 8-year-old daughter. She’s not in the union, but she needs to learn.”
This post provoked a response from SAG-AFTRA authorities, who decided to clarify that the announced regulations apply exclusively to adult members of the union. However, they did not retract the regulation and also published the following informational graphic:
Will this infantile behavior help end the strike?
Former SAG-AFTRA President Melissa Gilbert did not mince words about the current union leadership:
Is this your grand plan? Nobody cares about what costume anyone wears on Halloween. Do you really think this kind of childish behavior will end the strike? You’ve made a mockery of us. Please, tell us you’re revoking this rule… and go negotiate.
In another post directed directly at the union’s president, Fran Drescher, and chief negotiator, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, she wrote:
For heaven’s sake! People are suffering a lot, and this is what you have to say? Give it a rest. It’s precisely this kind of nonsense that keeps the strike going: “Let’s introduce rules that make us look petty and incompetent at the same time.”
Mandy Moore echoed her sentiments on Instagram: Is this a joke? Is this really an important issue? We beg you to negotiate on our behalf. Many people have sacrificed a lot for months. Sit down at the negotiation table and secure a fair contract so that we can all get back to work.
Surprisingly, the Halloween issue has become Fran Drescher’s most significant public relations problem since the start of the strike and her stay in Italy.