Arrow star Stephen Amell found himself in hot water when he decided, for whatever reason, to share his opinions about how he, apparently, doesn’t support the current WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike that aims for fair wages (and more).
Stephen Amell is pressed that he’s unable to really promote the second season of his upcoming Heels because his union decided to strike against big Hollywood companies to fight for fair wages, better working environment, creative security, etc.
During the recent GalaxyCon in Raleigh, Amell decided to call striking “a reductive negotiating tactic”, and said “and I find the entire thing incredibly frustrating.”
He also added that, “I support my union, I do, and I stand with them”… but… “I do not support striking, I don’t.”
Like… what the heck? How does that even work, Amell?
‘Arrow’ actor Stephen Amell says he doesn’t support the WGA/SAG-AFTRA strikes:
“I do not support striking. I don’t. I think that it’s a reductive negotiating tactic, and I find the entire thing incredibly frustrating.” pic.twitter.com/rMTjxYXD8n
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) July 31, 2023
Understandably, his comments caused an uproar on social media with many people wondering how Amell could even say such words when the strike is, primarily, for the countless talent that’s in front of and behind-the-camera that aren’t even able to afford basic living expenses in exchange for their hard work.
“the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; …who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who … believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom” – MLK on the problem https://t.co/rapsmfiJF8
— Tami Sawyer (@tamisawyer) August 1, 2023
It turns out, the backlash caused Amell to bring some clarity to his previous comments about his stance on striking via a post on his Instagram account.
And you know what? I don’t like his tactic. He’s trying to bring “clarity” to something he said himself and it’s our fault we couldn’t understand what he actually wanted to say. No one took anything out of context, Amell!
Regardless of whether you accept his “apology” or not, from what I can tell, Amell’s stance against going on strike can’t be more apparent. He went on to talk to TMZ and shared that he voted against his union going on strike. He made the entire thing about himself and how he thinks it’s unfair that content coming out around the time of the strike can’t be promoted properly.
He even mentioned other actors (whom he won’t name, of course) that reached out to him privately to show their support for what he’s doing. Amell is trying to paint himself as a “martyr” during the current strike and I can’t help but roll my eyes.
Stephen Amell appeared on TMZ to let everyone know he didn’t vote yes for the strike authorization and that the strike is inconsistent to movies and shows that are releasing in July and afterwards.#SAGAFTRAstrike #SAGstrike #sagaftramembers #StephenAmell #HeelsSTARZ pic.twitter.com/zmFhGc4F36
— Dana Abercrombie #AmplifyBlackVoices (@sagesurge) August 1, 2023
And hey! I get that everyone has the right to have an opinion. Amell can say whatever he wants. No one is stopping him. However, the general public also has the right to their opinion and they can drag Amell online if they want to.
As for why Amell is like this, well, I don’t know him. But for those who might not remember, Amell did try to get an animal shelter shut down last year.
Seeing what happens to Amell’s career after all of this (and what he will likely say next to save face or something, I guess) will be interesting.
Feel free to share your thoughts with us.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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