Drew Barrymore backs the writers strike. She remained staunch in their support.
Barrymore said on Thursday that she will not present the MTV Movie & TV Awards this weekend in “solidarity” with the Writers Guild of America strike.
Drew Barrymore Backs The Writers Strike
The actress is the latest star to speak out in favor of the authors, who are demanding fair remuneration and streaming residuals after labor discussions with Hollywood studios went down.
Barrymore, the presenter of the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards, has stepped down in solidarity with the striking Writers Guild members(WGA Strike). However, because she has a good relationship with MTV, the actress has promised to return in 2024.
Sunday night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards will go on as planned, but without a host. The condition of the program is still developing day-by-day, as producers pivot to their strike contingency plans and wait and see who among their presenters, nominees and guests are still willing and able to participate on the broadcast.
“I have listened to the writers, and in order to truly respect them, I will pivot from hosting the MTV Movie & TV Awards live in solidarity with the strike.” Drew Barrymore stated in a statement. “Everything we celebrate and honour about movies and television is born out of their creation. And until a solution is reached, I am choosing to wait but I’ll be watching from home and hope you will join me.”
This news has elicited a range of emotions.
The Writers Guild of America has gone on strike(WGA Strike), affecting over 11,000 members.
While some fans thought Drew Barrymore‘s gesture was noble, others thought it would backfire not only on her but also on the entire writer’s association. Many people predicted that MTV would cancel the show because a large sum of money had been spent to advertise and promote the actress for the show.
Drew Barrymore’s replacement for the event has yet to be confirmed by MTV.