Hollywood actors have joined screenwriters in a months-long strike against studios, streaming services, and production companies represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). This marks the first time in over six decades that the two unions have been on strike simultaneously.

Many moviegoers and TV fanatics we spoke to realize the impact the strike will have on their favorite shows and movies as production comes to a halt.

Since May, writers, represented by the Writers Guild of America (WGA), have been on strike. They are asking for a guaranteed number of writers per room, increased pay, and regulated use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the writing process.

Actors, represented by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), also want increased minimum pay rates, increased streaming residuals, and guarantees from studios and production companies about the use of AI.

HOLLYWOOD’S A-LIST REACTS TO ACTORS UNION STRIKE

We asked moviegoers and fans in Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and New York about their thoughts on the writers’ strike and whether they believe the demands are fair.

One man in Texas, representing the general sentiment, stated that he supports the strike because he opposes the use of AI in the entertainment industry.

Fran Drescher at the picket line

SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher speaks with members of the media outside Netflix studios on July 14, 2023, in Los Angeles. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Another moviegoer agreed, stating that AI should not create stories and that writers are essential for the human element in storytelling. They also mentioned that even talented individuals like James Gunn support the strike, indicating its importance.

A woman in Nashville sympathized with the strike participants, emphasizing that many people’s livelihoods are at stake.

Jason Sudeikis at the picket line

Jason Sudeikis joins members of the Writers Guild of America East and SAG-AFTRA as they walk the picket line outside NBC Rockefeller Center on July 14, 2023, in New York City. (Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Others expressed mixed opinions, with one person stating that they understand the writers’ demands but feel differently about actors. They believe writers deserve more recognition and compensation.

One individual mentioned that AI is an inevitable issue and the industry should prepare for its impact.

Another person expressed support for both the writers and actors, emphasizing that their work is interconnected and everyone should be compensated accordingly.

Hollywood Strikes

Meredith Stiehm, left, president of Writers Guild of America West, and Fran Drescher, president of SAG-AFTRA, take part in a rally by striking writers outside Paramount Pictures studio in Los Angeles on May 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

However, some individuals feel that striking is unnecessary, believing that those working in the industry are already well-compensated and should appreciate their opportunities.

We understand that AI is a topic that will continue to impact the industry, and opinions on the strike vary among the public. Nonetheless, it is clear that the writers and actors are united in their quest for fair treatment and compensation.

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