The Theory of Chaos

Thursday, January 10, 2008

New studio negotiating tactic: Run over writer with car

Um, excuse me Mr. Murdoch, I know you and the other moguls were right on the brink of convincing America that you're all swell guys who just want what's best for Hollywood and the human race in general. I may just be a screenwriter swimming in debt, but I've got this feeling that ramming into a "Law & Order" writer with a black SUV while one of your security goons watches without lifting a finger is probably not the next best step in image management.

Striking writer struck by SUV at Fox lot, shoved by Fox executive


  • Man, some of those comments to the story are mental. "Oh, that poor SUV driver was provoked into hitting a writer with his car! Oh, the shame of it!" Here's a question: What's Jon Stewart's problem? Supermarket free sample metaphors?

    By Anonymous Mike De Luca, at 6:38 AM  

  • Stewart is conflicted because of his history with the union. His show was only unionized very recently, and the process wasn't entirely smooth and nice. And he's been desperately pleading for an interim deal, but the difference between he and Letterman is that Letterman owns his own show and Viacom owns Stewart's. Same deal with Leno, Conan et al. So we can't make a deal with him, we'd have to make a deal with Viacom, and they don't actually want us getting our terms through the door like that. But you can see him struggling to keep his head above water and I feel for him, I think Colbert manages better because his persona is so much of his shtick.

    And yeah, I've noticed this aspect of victim psychology that some people get pathologically angry at the first ones who stand up to a bully, probably because the courage of those who stand up remind them of their own cowardice (e.g. North Country).

    That, and the AMPTP has been to websites and blogs that talk positively about the strike in order to fill them with rants and pro-studio misinformation. Makes it hard to know who genuinely disagrees and who's just a flack.

    By Blogger Nick, at 9:28 AM  

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