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Ryan Murphy's Shows Are Strike Proof

By Andrew Sanford | TV | July 7, 2023 |

By Andrew Sanford | TV | July 7, 2023 |


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The AMPTP has yet to offer a fair deal to the WGA. Therefore, the writers’ strike continues. Writers have been picketing different productions for months. Many shows and movies have shut down in the face of the picket lines. However, four shows on the East Coast have yet to shutter. Three of them (all with the word Story in the title) have yet to halt production. All three of those storied shows are produced by Ryan Murphy.

In June, strike captain and Law & Order showrunner Warren Leight accused Murphy of threatening to blackball people who didn’t cross WGA picket lines. Through his reps, Murphy claimed this was an unfounded accusation and threatened to sue the WGA. Sources claim that Ryan is not breaking any WGA rules, aside from the unwritten one that forbids members from being unrepentant assholes.

If you want to say that you aren’t doing any writing on set, fine. Have you made it through a season of American Horror Story? If you told me they’ve never had writers on set, I would believe you. They start strong before a majority of the story is revealed to be half-baked at best. That could be the result of myriad factors. However, the biggest commonality among those shows is Ryan Murphy.

My biggest problem with Murphy is that he would have the gall to threaten litigation simply because his image feels threatened. The shows aren’t shutting down. He’s making a lot of money while many in the industry are suffering. Hell, he’s not even the first rich, white man to make it clear that he’s okay with how things are. Again, why wouldn’t he be? His $300 million Netflix contract lapsed, and he’s just negotiating a new one at Disney. He’ll be fine.

What Murphy is doing is the opposite of solidarity, which is desperately needed at this time. People in his position are exactly the ones who should show public support when criticized. If he thinks that criticism is unwarranted and he’s magically making three shows without any writers on set, then he should handle that without lawyers. Instead, he threatened to sue, and Leight stepped down as a strike captain. The man was using the few avenues the WGA has to make their case public and was punished for it.

There is also the chance that Murphy is oblivious to how others are suffering, and that attitude is permeating his productions. Two weeks ago, noted scab Kim Kardashian tweeted from the American Horror Story set during her downtime from shooting. Even for someone like Kim K, who doesn’t live anything close to a “normal” life, it was incredibly tone-deaf. But hey, she’s just following her leader.