Jenna Ortega became a global phenomenon thanks to her performance as Wednesday Addams in Netflix’s gothic mystery series ‘Wednesday.’ The role and the series met with mostly positive responses; it has already been renewed for a second season because of its high viewership.
Earlier this week, the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) went on strike. It abruptly halted all the late-night talk shows as well as the production of television and streaming shows. Amid all that, several writers were calling out Ortega via tweets or placards. Let’s find out the reason behind it.
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Jenna Ortega Is Called Out By Writers During Strike
Jenna Ortega had earlier said that she helped in improving the writing of her popular Netflix show ‘Wednesday‘ as she did several improvisations. This comment didn’t go well with the screenwriters of Hollywood.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, amid the writer’s strike, several screenwriters slammed the young actress for her remark. Nick Adams, the writer of ‘Bojack Horseman’, tweeted: “Jenna Ortega better be back from NY for her afternoon shift on the picket line.”
Jenna Ortega better be back from NY for her afternoon shift on the picket line.
— Nick "Labor Organizer" Adams (@nickadamsweb) May 2, 2023
“Rewriting is writing! See you at the line, Jenna,” ‘The Bear’ writer Karen Joseph Adcock tweeted. Brandon Cohen, the writer of ‘House Party’, held a picket line sign that read: “Without writers, Jenna Ortega will have nothing to punch up!”
Several users took to social media to express their opinion on this. They said she was unnecessarily being made the scapegoat when she has nothing to do with the writer’s union.
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Why Are The Writers On Strike?
More than 11 thousand writers working for films and television in Hollywood have gone on strike. This is the largest since the 2007-2008 strike that lasted for around 100 days. The Writers Guild of America (WGA), which is the union, is seeking better wages and job security for writers.
Thousands of writers have been forming picket lines, marching, and chanting slogans outside studios in Los Angeles. The strike started after negotiation talks between WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) fell apart.
The latter was representing some of the major studios. The writers have been demanding better pay which has been hit because of the advent of streaming platforms. They also receive lesser royalty money for streaming shows compared to television.
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