Why the Writers Strike Is Targeting American Horror Story and Ryan Murphy

The ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike has focused its attention on American Horror Story and its creator, Ryan Murphy, criticizing the show's decision to continue production while other productions have halted.

As the WGA strike persists, numerous members of the guild, along with supporters from SAG-AFTRA and other unions, gathered around Silvercup Studios, directing their efforts toward American Horror Story. Deadline reports that the demonstrators, led by WGAE strike captain T Cooper, emphasized their determination to secure a fair contract that recognizes their contributions. "We will remain here until we achieve a just agreement that respects our work," Cooper affirmed.

The Latest From the WGA Picket Lines

As the strike enters its 10th week, American Horror Story stands out as one of the few shows still in production on the East Coast, causing frustration for the striking writers. "What's difficult is seeing people like Kim Kardashian crossing the picket line and witnessing Ryan Murphy continuing his production," expressed Cooper.

Tensions are escalating both within and outside Silvercup Studios, following recent reports of Murphy issuing legal threats against Warren Leight, a former strike captain. Leight had appealed for support on the picket lines, citing crew members' fears of being blacklisted in "Murphy-land." Murphy's legal team demanded an apology, leading Leight to issue one and acknowledge that his claims were "completely false and inaccurate."

Leight has been relieved of his role as a strike leader, impacting the efforts of the "rapid response teams" organized by the WGA East. Twitter has emerged as a crucial platform for mobilizing strikers and disrupting productions. However, Murphy's decision to continue American Horror Story raises concerns among fellow writers regarding the immense influence wielded by influential creators.

Families relying on a writer's income have made significant sacrifices during the strike, with many expressing their longing for a return to work under improved conditions. Suspending shows like American Horror Story would disrupt the content pipeline, putting pressure on studios to return to the negotiating table. The primary objective remains securing fair contracts that duly recognize the writers' invaluable contributions.

Via Deadline

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