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Twitter Users Ponder Which Movie Characters Should've Been in a Union

By Petr Knava | Social Media | May 4, 2021 |

By Petr Knava | Social Media | May 4, 2021 |


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So I saw this Twitter prompt the other day, from Rutherford Falls’ Jana Schmieding:

And I instantly thought of one film: Andrew Bujalski’s wonderfully warm Support the Girls from 2018. Support the Girls follows Lisa (Regina Hall), the manager of a Hooters-style bar and restaurant, as she attempts to protect her employees from the vicissitudes of precarious employment and the capricious nature of the bar’s owner. Lisa provides both emotional and material support to her girls, and is a far better boss than many. Unfortunately, she isn’t the actual boss, and the nature of the people really in charge—and the structures in place that govern the economic relations between the two groups—means that by the end of the film (spoilers) the girls are left hung out to dry like so many workers deemed expendable and replaceable by brutal capitalism. Even while I was watching I kept thinking: ‘Those poor women. They needed a union, dammit.’

On that note, here were a few more reponses to Jana Schmieding’s prompt, and it is a bountiful list because stories in cinema, like life, have been watered by the blood of the working class:

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Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.



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