Sag-Aftra President Fran Drescher Was Criticized for A ‘Tone Deaf’ Promotional Trip to Italy on The Eve of A Possible Strike!

SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher has come in for criticism at a tense moment in the union’s contract talks with the big studios after she took a weekend trip to Italy to participate in a Dolce & Gabbana promotional event.

SAG-AFTRA stressed that Drescher was still negotiating even though she was traveling abroad. Kim Kardashian’s Instagram account posted a picture of Drescher posing with Kim Kardashian on Monday. That led to angry responses from actors, writers, and other creative people in Hollywood, who are on edge this week because the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have until July 12 at midnight Pacific Time to come to an agreement on a new three-year deal. If a deal isn’t reached, the union is likely to start the first strike in the whole business since 1980.

Unlike most other union presidents, Drescher is also the head of the group that negotiates contracts for SAG-AFTRA. She has worked closely with Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, the national executive director of SAG-AFTRA and top negotiator, to plan the agenda and demands at a time when the economy of the entertainment industry is changing quickly.

Late on Monday, SAG-AFTRA said that Drescher was allowed to take the short trip because she has been a “brand ambassador” for the high-end Italian fashion line for a long time.

“President Drescher is working for Dolce and Gabbana in Italy as a brand advocate. This was a promise that everyone in the negotiating group knew about. She has been negotiating every day, either in person or through a video call.

President Drescher has a physically demanding schedule that spans three time zones. She is in charge of talks and works on location every day. She also takes care of her parents in Florida. SAG-AFTRA said in a statement, “She is going back to the United States. She will be in L.A. on July 11 and will continue to lead our talks.”

SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher

Since May 2, when the Writers Guild of America went on strike for the first time since 2007, the artistic community in Hollywood has been on edge. Insiders in the industry were upset by the picture of Drescher and Kardashian because Kardashian, who became famous as a reality TV star, has just started acting in scripted shows with a part on FX’s “American Horror Story.”

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And this show has been in the sights of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA supporters because it is one of the few still being made after WGA members in New York and Los Angeles went on strike and forced companies to stop making shows with finished scripts to film. Striking writers did this by putting up picket lines around soundstages and outdoor shoots so that Teamster and IATSE crew members wouldn’t cross them to get to work.

Kardashian, on the other hand, has kept her millions of social media followers up to date on her work on “AHS,” which is clear proof that the show is still being made even though others had to stop.

The people in charge in Hollywood laughed at Drescher’s trip to Puglia, which is in the south of Italy. “How tone deaf can you be,” said a top executive at an AMPTP member studio.

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