Hollywood celebrities attempted to show their support for the ongoing writers’ strike, but it quickly backfired.
A-list actors offered super high-priced auctions on eBay and vowed the proceeds would benefit the lost income due to the strike.
Social media erupted with jokes and memes about the celebrity charity auctions. The ridiculous items and prices only underscore the point of the writers’ strike, which claims they are underpaid.
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The writers want to receive a new minimum basic agreement, which is effectively a minimum wage agreement for writer jobs. This contract is renegotiated every three years.
For example, one of the auction items was a $3,000 “Pottery Class with Busy Philipps in New York City.” Another item was a $1,500 “20 Mins and 20 Questions with Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.”
Lena Dunham offers to paint a mural in your home for a bid of $5,100. For $4,500, Natasha Lyonne will help you solve the New York Times’ crossword puzzle. And so on.
The group behind the auction, called the “Union Solidarity Coalition,” said, “Right now, our focus is to offer direct financial support to crew members who have lost health insurance due to strike-related shutdowns.”
“We will be hosting some events that act as both fundraisers and social gatherings for folks across the industry. And there will be more initiatives to come,” the group says on its website.
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ok this is worth it pic.twitter.com/6Vbb29iVAP
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