SAG-AFTRA’s Halloween costume guidelines, explained

As of Saturday, Oct. 21, SAG-AFTRA has been on strike for 100 days. And with Halloween simply across the nook, the actors’ union has issued pointers on how union members can have a good time and gown up in a manner that does not promote struck work.

SAG-AFTRA initially posted Halloween-related guidelines on Wednesday, Oct. 18, advising members to “select costumes impressed by generalized characters and figures (ghost, zombie, spider, and many others)” and to not “submit photographs of costumes impressed by struck content material to social media.” Nonetheless, characters from non-struck movie and TV initiatives, like animated TV reveals, are nonetheless allowed.

An orange, Halloween-themed poster laying out SAG-AFTRA guidelines for Halloween 2023.

SAG-AFTRA’s Halloween pointers for members.
Credit score: SAG-AFTRA

The foundations have been met with on-line pushback from a number of union members, together with Ryan Reynolds, who tweeted, “I look ahead to screaming ‘scab’ at my 8 yr previous all evening. She’s not within the union however she must study.”

On her Instagram Story, Mandy Moore requested, “Is that this a joke? Come on @sagaftra. That is what’s vital? We’re asking you to barter in good religion on our behalf. So many people throughout each side of this business have been sacrificing mightily for months. Get again to the desk and get a good deal so everybody can get again to work.”

Former SAG-AFTRA president Melissa Gilbert additionally criticized the rules, posting on Instagram: “THIS is what you guys give you? Actually nobody cares what anybody wears for Halloween. I imply, do you actually suppose this sort of childish stuff goes to finish the strike? We seem like a joke. Please inform me you’re going to make this rule go away… and go negotiate! For the love of God, individuals are struggling mightily and that is what it’s a must to say… c’mon guys…”

SAG-AFTRA responded to the backlash on Friday, Oct. 20, clarifying that the rule was by no means meant for anybody’s kids, and that it was particularly put in place to deal with considerations from union members and content material creators about assist the strike over Halloween.

In an announcement, SAG-AFTRA stated: “SAG-AFTRA issued Halloween steering in response to questions from content material creators and members about assist the strike throughout this festive season. This was meant to assist them keep away from selling struck work, and it’s the newest in a collection of pointers we have now issued. It doesn’t apply to anybody’s children. We’re on strike for vital causes, and have been for almost 100 days. Our primary precedence stays getting the studios again to the negotiating desk so we will get a good deal for our members, and at last put our business again to work.”

Notably, these Halloween pointers (and the backlash) come throughout a time when SAG-AFTRA continues to be very a lot attempting to barter with the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers (AMPTP). Nonetheless, the newest spherical of talks broke down on Oct. 12, when SAG-AFTRA introduced that “business CEOs have walked away from the bargaining desk after refusing to counter our newest supply,” which addressed considerations like synthetic intelligence and streaming income share. After 148 days on strike, the WGA have been in a position to attain a cope with the AMPTP involving comparable points, setting the bar for the continued SAG-AFTRA negotiations.

So what do these Halloween pointers and continued negotiations imply to your personal costume this yr? Nicely, in the event you’re not in SAG-AFTRA or a content material creator who’s been particularly requested to not promote struck work, not a lot. Until these on strike particularly ask the general public to not gown like characters from struck movie and TV, you may nonetheless gown up as in style figures like Barbie or Wednesday.

You may present solidarity for putting actors in different methods. Halloween-wise, you may select to comply with SAG-AFTRA’s recommendation of not posting photographs of stated costumes on social media. Elsewhere, you may share your assist on-line (take a look at SAG-AFTRA’s social toolkit), be a part of a picket line as a supporter, or donate to the Leisure Neighborhood Fund.

Keep in mind: This Halloween, there’s nothing scarier than an unfair contract.

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