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WGA West Strikers Are Favoring the Netflix Picket Line a Little Too Much

On the West Coast, supporters of the WGA are out and loud, and they’re making their case known! Angelenos are feeling a lot of pride for how our community is showing up to take care of our writers, though some have noticed that one picket line in particular is getting a bit more attention than those at other studios.

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Netflix has been attracting quite a lot of picketers, in large part due to the fact that Netflix … well, sucks. At this point, it’s almost comical (in a sad way), how many shows gain traction on Netflix only to be canceled just a season or two in. The network seems to favor the big boys—like Stranger Things (whose team also supports the strike!), Big Mouth, and the like—while only humoring other teams who come to them with genuine enthusiasm. I’m still pretty raw over Inside Job, myself.

The attention the Netflix picket line is getting, however, is starting to verge on astounding. Perhaps the most notable appearance was from Imagine Dragons—yes, that Imagine Dragons:

But all kinds of people are dropping by at Netflix in particular to show their support, including Hasan Piker (who brought pizza) and a very dapper person known as Plátano Papi:

In the end, Netflix’s picket became something of a delightfully gay block party, which is fantastic and sends just as apt a message as a standard march in these long-term scenarios. We want the studios to see that we can organize and gain community support, not by virtue of visibility, but by virtue of wanting to take care of each other and be proactive in how we do so.

HOWEVER, though we had quite a bit of fun the other day, remember that other studios still need your attention in the coming days (or weeks). Just because we had a fun day at Netflix doesn’t mean that we can pack it up and stop showing up for other studios. As a wise writer put it:

Come on people, get horny for the strike, not Imagine Dragons! (But also, I’m glad everyone was safe and had fun.)

(featured image: Rodin Eckenroth, Getty Images)

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Madeline (she/her) is a staff writer with a focus on AANHPI and mixed-race representation. She enjoys covering a wide variety of topics, but her primary beats are music and gaming. Her journey into digital media began in college, primarily regarding audio: in 2018, she started producing her own music, which helped her secure a radio show and co-produce a local history podcast through 2019 and 2020. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz summa cum laude, her focus shifted to digital writing, where she's happy to say her History degree has certainly come in handy! When she's not working, she enjoys taking long walks, playing the guitar, and writing her own little stories (which may or may not ever see the light of day).