(I've changed my post to reflect this fact. If Jason Apuzzo does indeed find the Libertas post as offensive as I do, I heartily apologize for lumping him in with the whinging selfish fella who types under Dirty Harry. Look! Self-correcting blogosphere! Wheee!)
Over at Libertas, the conservative film website edited by the "Stupidest Fucking Guy in Hollywood", the fellow who goes under the pseudonym "Dirty Harry" is all in a dither over the NAACP Award Show getting a waiver.
That is the biggest crock of crap ever nuanced onto a press release. The NAACP is getting a pass because they’re black and they’re liberal. And now only a select group of writers are going to make their mortgage next month. Please, WGA, please keep trying to tell me about the “principle” involved in all of this.
I’m sitting here right now holding my breath over a job which could change my life — which everyday this damned strike goes on means one more day where any one of the millions of things that kill these deals could happen.
Where’s my waiver? Why can’t I work? And how about instead of wasting time dancing around the Maypole of the NAACP acting the role of the politically correct Bolsheviks you are, you negotiate like grown ups — like the DGA, who struck a perfectly fine deal in less than a week?
Note To The AMPTP: We all know how easy it is to buy off those BushDeranged race hustlers over at the once-great NAACP. Wanna end the strike? Stick a few million in all the right pockets and start NAACP PRODUCTIONS. And I have a story idea that would knock your socks off…
It’s also worth noting that this deal is getting almost no attention in the trades or anywhere else. Gee, wonder why…?
Ah, yes, John Wells. Infamous maypole-dancing Bolshevik.
(And, also ... "bolsheviks?" Really? Are we still Commie bastards even though there's not a Soviet Union? )
You know, I'm not sure what's the worst thing in this post. Is it the complete misunderstanding of how waivers work, and how many have been given out in this strike and previous ones? Probably not, as Libertas contributors have proven themselves relentlessly and repeatedly, to not really understand how Hollywood business works.*
Is it the kinda creepy race-baiting near the end, where "Dirty Harry" actually manages to combine a slam against the NAACP with a subtle hint that he himself is for sale? Impressive, but no.
Is it when he ignores how the AMPTP refused to bargain in good faith, opened negotiations with massive rollbacks and then walked out on negotiations over a month ago? Eh.
No, I think it's how the sheer, boiling resentment of those "select group of writers" segues uncontrollably to "I've got my CHANCE dammit, and you people are screwing it up!" He almost managed to make it seem like a principle was at stake but, Tourette's-like, couldn't keep his own narcissism and frustrated ambition from hissing free between clenched teeth.
Because this conservative "mystery blogger" is the only guy who's suffering from this strike. All those writers who got hired on their first gig and had it disappear under them, all the writers who have shot pilots (myself included) who may lose years of work because of a canceled season, all the other thousands of working Guild writers with kids and families who still -- apparently insanely -- support the strike, not to mention all the the physical production crews who are not working, no goddammit, he's the one taking it in the neck.
And if, miraculously, "Dirty Harry" does somehow get hired to write on something, I'm sure he'll take that health insurance (won by the Guild), take advantage of arbitration when the producers try to screw him (won by the Guild), and take his streaming internet residuals and electronic sell-through for his work (which wouldn't exist without this strike), yeah, he'll take all that with a big fucking smile.
Again, I have no problem with Libertas as an organization. I disagree with them editorially on some things -- primarily their weird obsession with "anti-American movies" made by indie producers yet held up as Hollywood sins, but again that's more just not understanding how the industry works. They have every right to press their agenda. But damn, people, find some frontmen who are not so nakedly frustrated at their inability to get a career. There have got to be some working Guild members who'll write for you. (Look! I'm concern-trolling! Wheee!)
* NAACP got a waiver because they're black and liberal. Just like famous activist Negro David Letterman.
(NOTE the second: And look, at 8:15 am today Dirty Harry posts about how he's always supported the strike, but he's just sick of the top fat cats 1% acting al Bolshevik-y, and he's one of the 95% who are just trying to build a career, etc, etc . so let's take the DGA deal and run, boys.
A deal that wouldn't be as good -- even he admits -- without the strike. And how exactly our guys were supposed to not spend their time dancing around the maypole when the AMPTP walked out of negotiations, well, no answer there. And the weird logical fallacy of why the already-rich Fat Cats are incredibly selfish because they're obsessed with "sticking it to the man" over residual payments that will primarily benefit future, non-rich writers ... it's just a mess. Just a mess of resentment and sloppy logic.)