The pie, on the other hand, is quite delicious.
(Graphics by Adam Levermore-Rich)
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike began yesterday. The title of this post comes from John Rogers, who enjoys cake as well as the video game Portal, and has a lot to say about why the strike happened and what should be done to end it. I mean, a lot. All you really need to know is the tiger bit. (Maybe the clip from The Daily Show. It is, after all, the last new episode you’re going to see for a while.)
Many others are posting at United Hollywood.
Last, but not least, here’s the “Pencils Down” full-page ad in which dozens of showrunners pledge not to write during the strike.
I’m only a pair of eyeballs in all this, but the major issues seem pretty clear-cut. When the writer of a show only gets paid .3% for DVD residuals (royalties)–that’s less than a third of one percent–something is hideously broken.
If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage. And now it ain’t on the page. Deal with that, Hollywood.