Drew Barrymore is criticized by actors for returning to a show during the Hollywood strike


Drew Barrymore became the target of intense criticism from colleagues after announcing the launch of a new season of her talk show during the Hollywood Strike. On Instagram, the actress made a post explaining the decision and said that she supports the choice.

“Our talk show [The Drew Barrymore Show] it ended on April 20th, so we never had to end it. However, I’m also making the choice to return for the first time this strike to our show, which may have my name on it, but this is bigger than just me. I support that choice.”

One of the rules of the strike is that actors cannot comment publicly on productions in which they participate, to prevent them from being promoted. Therefore, artists participating in the program will not be able to discuss their work.

“We are in compliance with not discussing or promoting films that are hit. I want to provide what writers do so well, which is a way to bring us together or to help us make sense of the human experience. I hope for a resolution for all the as quickly as possible. I step forward to begin Season 4 once again with astute humility,” he continued.

The criticism comes because the talk show has screenwriters and writers linked to the category’s union behind the scenes, which could result in workers breaking the strike or the participation of non-unionists. The new season is scheduled to premiere on September 18th.

“Disappointed that you have no appreciation or understanding for the people in this industry who created the show. Completely disconnected from the real workers who make this business work,” wrote actor Dan Amboyer, who starred in the series “Uncoupled” (Netflix).

“I’m sad about this decision, I hope you change your mind. You’re kind, but this choice isn’t,” said Kirsten Vangness, who starred in the series “Criminal Minds.”

After the announcement, the writers’ union made a post on X (formerly Twitter) asking the presenter to reconsider the launch. “It’s a strike-stricken show that is planning to return without its writers. Any writing on The Drew Barrymore Show violates the rules. She could personally fund the staff’s salaries for eternity.”

“I have always viewed you as someone in the industry who listens to others with respect, empathy and kindness. And I am deeply saddened and disappointed to see you abandon these qualities to put your name and brand first,” said Elizabeth Ho, who served in the series “Disjointed” (Netflix).

Source: Folha

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