Tuesday, February 09, 2021
Hollywood union follows up
Trump banned for life
In order to forestall his expulsion, Donald Trump himself left the Hollywood union a few days ago. “Who cares!” He railed in his farewell letter. SAG-AFTRA gratefully accepts the resignation – and is now handing it out one last time against the ex-US president.
Donald Trump has lost it with the Hollywood union “Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists” (SAG-AFTRA). After he had announced his resignation last Thursday, the union around President Gabrielle Carteris has now stepped up again. She banished the former US president for life. A resumption is excluded.
“Preventing Donald Trump from ever rejoining SAG-AFTRA is more than a symbolic step,” said a statement from Carteris on the Hollywood union website. Trump’s banishment is “an unequivocal declaration that threats or incitement to harm against other members will not be tolerated. An attack against one is an attack against everyone.”
SAG-AFTRA justified the 74-year-old’s lifelong exclusion mainly with Trump’s “hostility towards journalist members” and his “disregard for the values and integrity of the union”. The disciplinary proceedings against Trump began in mid-January after he had been instrumental in the storming of the Capitol as the outgoing US President. He has been a member of the union since 1989.
Trump: “Wen kümmert’s!”
In order to forestall his expulsion, Trump left the union on his own on Friday. “Who cares!” It said in his letter published by the union. He “no longer wants to be associated” with SAG-AFTRA. Nevertheless, he was disappointed with the disciplinary process. He was indignant that he “helped the cable news television business (which was supposedly a dying platform and didn’t have much time before I got into politics) a lot, creating thousands of jobs for networks like MSDNC and fake news CNN.”
Trump also described the process as a “blatant attempt” by SAG-AFTRA to “attract media attention in order to distract from your miserable record as a union. You did nothing for me,” the 74-year-old ranted. A response to his resignation apparently followed promptly. As the broadcaster Fox News first reported, the drama union commented on Trump’s farewell with two simple words: “Thank you very much.”