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WGA Strike: The Needs of the Many

The WGA was well into the day’s special spirit too, of course, providing early picketers with buttons that read “AMPTP: Highly Illogical,” commenting on the studio/producers group with which the WGA is negotiating. Strikers could also don a special T-shirt for the day bearing an apropos quote from Spock, as any fan of Star Trek II can quote: “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” It was all the more apropos because the author of those words, writer/director Nicholas Meyer, was right there on Monday’s picket line as well.

Very cute. The problem of course is by what byzantine math exactly are “the needs of the writers” the ones that are many? As has been amply demonstrated by now, it’s the writers needs that have put ten times the number of people out of work from assistants to actors to crew. So if we were to take that slogan about “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” seriously, the writers who are part of the WGA strike should accede to the needs of the many and end this charade and take a deal already.

Ironically it’s the returning talk show hosts like Jay Leno and Conan who have ultimately cited “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” type logic by pointing out that the strike is putting far more people out of work than just the writers, as an argument for bringing those shows back. And of course they were right. While “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” is actually often misinterpreted and should not be used to justify injustice against the few, there is an unquestionable arrogance about the attitudes of the WGA writers when it comes to non-writers who are suffering because of them. The writers have displayed a mix of resentment and bootlicking toward actors and directors who are above them on the food chain and contempt and disdain for the crew and assistants below them on the food chain.

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