disappointing that the discourse is gonna become "should we take guns out of movies" and not "is it wrong to hire untrained scab labor and make people work 14 hour days with no pay until they're tired and reckless"

We are living through a moment where all the cracks in the labor market are showing and people are starting to realize it's not just their job or their boss that's making them miserable, and there's a concerted effort not to explore any of this

@InternetEh guns aren't the only safety risk on movie sets; as you mention there's far worse such as unpaid internships (as much of a problem in UK/Europe even if we have greater safety rules), and because its a "dream career" people were putting up with far more toxicity than something like an office job or working in a factory..

@vfrmedia I'm reminded of when Jeremy Clarkson punched his producer after they didn't provide a meal and he had been performing pretty much every waking minute that day. Sure, Clarkson said some things that he shouldn't have in a heat of hanger but, christ on fire, performers shouldn't be pushed to that point to start with.


@BalooUriza @InternetEh

Anthea Turner was blown up and badly burned on a BBC *kids* show as she was incorrectly allowed to stand in the blast range of a pyro effect; I once worked alongside a broadcast engineer who was on that programme and he said he was offered several thousand pounds to "accidentally" put the compliance recording tape in the bulk eraser (he refused, and was laid off from BBC Manchester at the next round of cutbacks)


@vfrmedia Like, I feel like if that happened in the US, especially to a PBS actor with union rep, the labor response would be "fuck all y'all" for at least a month. @InternetEh

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unions did push back a lot in 1970s/80s and even put both BBC and ITV off air at several points, but the management and Thatcho fought back and broke their power (especially by moving production to smaller independent production companies)


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