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Hollywood Stars like George Clooney and Meryl Streep Donate a Hefty $1 Million to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation

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Renowned Hollywood celebrities such as George Clooney and Meryl Streep are part of a generous group that has each contributed a minimum of $1 million to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Their aim is to support their fellow actors experiencing financial distress due to the ongoing strike. The Foundation has thus far collected over $15 million, which will be channeled to the Emergency Financial Assistance Program to help those actors who are struggling financially during the strike. The strike is centered around ensuring that actors, particularly those who are not at the top of the industry, receive fair pay, residuals, and benefits, which have been substantially reduced with the advent of streaming platforms. The Hollywood stars’ unity is crucial in helping those affected by the strike.

As actors persist in their street protests in unison with the Writers Guild of America (WGA) members due to the ongoing double strike, several top Hollywood celebrities are doing their bit to ensure that those on strike have enough support. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation, which has an Emergency Financial Assistance Program for actors in difficulty during such times, has thus far managed to raise over $15 million, with the majority of this amount coming from 14 big-name Hollywood stars who have each contributed at least $1 million. This generous wave of donations will ensure that their fellow union members remain financially afloat during these trying times.

Prominent contributors include George and Amal Clooney, Luciana and Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Julia Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey. Their donations come at a pivotal time for the Foundation, as its president, Courtney B. Vance, has revealed that they are currently dealing with an unusually high number of assistance requests. SAG-AFTRA represents around 180,000 members, many of whom desperately need assistance amid these turbulent times.

Vocal supporters of the Foundation and the strike, Streep and Clooney, have each issued statements expressing their support for their fellow actors. Streep reminisced about her early career struggles and emphasized the importance of standing together against powerful corporations that undermine the dignity and humanity of their profession. Clooney expressed gratitude towards Vance and encouraged his colleagues to contribute during this pivotal moment in the industry’s history.

Hollywood’s A-listers Show Much-Needed Support as Strike Continues

Despite being the faces most associated with Hollywood, the stars making these generous contributions are not the primary focus of the strike. The SAG-AFTRA strike is fighting for fair wages and benefits for the actors who aren’t at the top of the industry and are struggling to make ends meet. This has become increasingly difficult with the rise of streaming platforms. Vance revealed that in the past week alone, over 400 actors have sought financial aid to secure their basic needs such as housing, medical bills, and food.

In this context, solidarity from Hollywood’s top tier is essential. Studios have shown a tendency to pressure actors and writers back to negotiation by withholding wages, while some executives have publicly stated their goal to outlast the strike until the workers face dire circumstances. The financial aid from these celebrities will prevent such an outcome for struggling actors. Additionally, the rising influence of AI in the industry has many worried about the potential misuse of actors’ images in generated content and writers being replaced by technology. These fears are compounded by the fact that Netflix and Disney have recently advertised high-paying AI-centric roles during the strike.

Stay connected with FilmSweep for more updates on the ongoing dual strikes.

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PensivePenny August 3, 2023 - 10:02 pm

its about time these actors get fair pay.. workin for less than a day job? ain’t right… full support!

HollyFan99 August 3, 2023 - 11:01 pm

So happy to see big names like Streep and Clooney stepping up, using their wealth for good. hope more celebs follow suit.

Chuckles83 August 3, 2023 - 11:13 pm

Didnt know AI was becoming such a big thing in the industry, kinda scary though. the idea of actors being replaced by tech is wild!

MikeTheMovieBuff August 4, 2023 - 3:00 am

whoa!! $15 million already raised? thats pretty amazing… props to all the stars chipping in big time!!

RitaR August 4, 2023 - 6:12 am

This whole strike is so important!! more power to the actors fighting for their rights. and Kudos to those donating, they are the real mvps!


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