From a purely political and sociological standpoint watching the actions of performers in regard to the Union is very interesting. Never have I seen so many people, act so vehemently against their own interests. You have to ask yourself why.
If you look at it the smarter and more educated performers get it and are trying to make things better.
Most producers and directors get it and are understandably against it, they ultimatey see see that unless they too unionize then it will be money out of their pockets.
The truly ignorant call the Union a scam, that one kills me, there’s no money involved, no property how could it be a “scam” thats just retarded.
Think about this….Donald Trump has made more money from your videos than you EVER will….ever. And he is on the low end of people who have profited. One thing that Directors and performers need is an income everytime the movie is shown on pay per view, or leased to run on a movie channel, or exerpts are used in mainstream movies. most American performers have no idea that that is the norm in European productions. There is an organization that collects these royalties and sends checks to the directors and performers.
Whether the Union succeeds or not performers stand to gain if it does succeed and they have zero to lose right now so it baffles me that they would try to make it fail, talk about shooting yourself in the foot.
Maybe performers thank that they dont want to answer to a union, ignorant of the fact that it is the union that answers to performers…maybe they are so used to being lied to and denigrated by orgs like The FSC and APAC (Which is really a Directors Guild not a performers org) that they just dont know any better.
I have never seen a collective group of people so happy to be relegated to the bottom of the barrel when the fruits of their labor should afford them great power.
I know that it has always been this way and while I am very supportive of performers advocating for themselves I just don’t see them having the overall intelligence or lack of apathy that is required to build any kind of future for themselves.