In a surprising move that has drawn criticism from the Writers Guild, Bill Maher has decided to bring back his show, ‘Real Time,’ in the midst of a writers strike. Greg Iwinski, a member of the WGA negotiating committee, spoke out against Maher’s decision, arguing that it undermines the union’s efforts.
Bill Maher’s decision to bring back ‘Real Time’ during the writer’s strike has faced criticism from the WGA. Union members argue that Maher’s move undermines their efforts and that he should have supported the collective action rather than crossing the picket line. The strike continues, and the writers remain determined to fight for their rights.
The Financial Struggle
Iwinski contends that Maher does not face the same economic pressures as most crew members in Hollywood. While Maher claims to have provided some assistance to his staff during the nearly 5-month-long strike, Iwinski argues that many are still struggling to pay rent and put food on the table. Instead of crossing the picket line, Maher could have joined the union’s initiatives to support all those affected by the strike, including non-writing crew members.
The WGA has been actively pursuing financial backing from A-list celebrities to aid those impacted by the strike. Iwinski mentioned several efforts undertaken by the union, indicating that they are committed to their cause. By returning to ‘Real Time’ without his writers, Maher is seen as not doing his part to support the collective action.
A Fight for Justice
Bill Maher’s resumption of his show has not only drawn criticism from union leaders but also sparked strong reactions from others, like actress Ellen Barkin, who vehemently expressed her frustration. Maher has been openly critical of the strike and has even called on California Governor Gavin Newsom to intervene and bring an end to the standoff. However, Iwinski suggests that the striking writers will not back down and will continue to fight for their rights.