Fran Drescher Defends Bringing Toy to SAG-AFTRA Strike Negotiations

SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher stands by her behavior of bringing a heart-shaped plush doll to strike negotiations.

Drescher, 66, responded to a thread on X (previously Twitter) shared by tv author David Slack on Wednesday, October 25. Within the thread, Slack, 51, defended Dresher’s “eccentric” persona and stated the Nanny alum has confirmed she’s not intimidated by the CEOs represented by the Alliance of Movement Footage and Tv Producers (AMPTP).

“[Thank you] David 4 your assist. I’ve stated it [before] & I’ll say it once more, I don’t have 2 emulate a masculine power [to be] a very good chief,” Drescher responded to Slack on Wednesday. “I might be sensible, have a eager capability [to see] integral flaws in a enterprise mannequin AND put a tiny coronary heart formed plush toy [between] me & [Disney CEO Robert] Iger. Briefly, I might be me.”

Drescher was elected president of the labor union in September 2021 and was reelected for a second time period this fall. She has been on the forefront of the continued actors’ strike that started in July over a labor dispute with the AMPTP.

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Earlier this month, the actress slammed the AMPTP for its choice to droop negotiations. “It actually got here as a shock to me as a result of what does that precisely imply and why would you stroll away from the desk?” she stated throughout an look on the Right this moment present. “It’s not like we’re asking for something that’s so outrageous.”

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Drescher added that the transfer was “improper” and “disrespectful” of the studios. “I imply, they discuss at you. They actually don’t need to hear what you must say or why you’re saying it,” she stated.

Drescher’s feedback got here shortly after the AMPTP, which represents main corporations together with Netflix, Disney, Paramount and Amazon, introduced that talks with SAG-AFTRA had been placed on maintain after spending weeks on the negotiation desk.

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The AMPTP cited the proposal for actors to obtain a two % reduce of streaming platform income as the most important divide between the organizations, alleging that it will value greater than $800 million per yr.

In response, SAG-AFTRA accused the studios of “deliberately [misrepresenting] to the press the price of the above proposal” by 60 %.

The short-term stall in negotiations got here to an finish earlier this week when SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP resumed contract talks on Tuesday, October 24. Drescher wrote through Instagram on Sunday, October 22, that she felt “optimistic” about returning to the negotiating desk.

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“[Thank you] pricey picketers and strike captains for as soon as once more rising to the event!” she added. “Sleep properly pricey courageous hearts! 💪❤️🙏✌🏿🌈🐾.”

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The Writers Guild of America (WGA) — which voted to finish its personal strike towards the AMPTP in September after 5 months on the picket strains — has referred to as upon the studios to barter a “honest” deal. The WGA additionally famous that the settlement shouldn’t be “patterned” by itself deal, however somewhat reached with the actors’ distinctive wants in thoughts.

“Fairly than have interaction within the conventional AMPTP tactic of pushing a deal on SAG-AFTRA that’s patterned on our personal tentative settlement or another business deal, a technique which has already triggered appreciable delay and struggling, the businesses should make a deal that addresses the wants of performers,” the union stated in a press release earlier this month. “WGA members will proceed to indicate up on picket strains and assist SAG-AFTRA till they attain that deal. Solidarity endlessly.”