In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Black Lives Matter (BLM) co-founder Patrisse Cullors urged the entertainment industry to go on strike in response to the shooting of black Wisconsin criminal Jacob Blake, saying, “Hollywood can really show up in this moment.”
“I think it’s time for talent, writers, executives, the guild and SAG to show up for Black lives as well,” Cullors said. “Join this strike. Now is the time and our movement is really looking to unions to step in in a particular way and say ‘We’re going to hold back on allowing for the exploitation and the degradation of Black communities to continue under our watch.’ I think Hollywood can really show up in this moment.”
“People are tired of having to say the same thing over and over again, and not seeing the change that we deserve from either party, frankly,” she says. “I think the work that we’re up against right now is to ensure that we can get Trump out of office, but also ensure that we can get the Democratic Party to truly create policies that will make sure that Black people are protected from vigilantes and from police torture.”
A strike won’t happen. After months of lockdowns, showbiz is chafing at the bit to reopen movie theaters and get shows and movies back into production. And if it does, Americans wouldn’t care. They’re as fed up with Hollywood as they are the politicization of pro sports.
As Breitbart News notes, however, a Hollywood strike would seriously impact already-unemployed blue-collar workers, many of whom are black. But BLM has already shown they don’t care about black lives.