Big stars staying off the picket line?

By jaredmoshe | Jared Moshé's Blog December 3, 2007 at 8:41AM

Big stars staying off the picket line?

Slate's Hollywoodland Blog points out that the A-List movie stars have been staying off the picket lines. The piece suggests that it's because the movie stars are above the fray - they got a good deal and any involvement in the strike will be negative for them. Maybe, maybe not. The piece seems more inclined to push the negative. One key 'graf:

"Clooney hasn't been entirely invisible, in that, if you read the trades closely, you might know he gave $25,000 to the Actors Fund in a donation earmarked to help those affected by the strike. And he said he is encouraging others to donate, too. But that's as far as it's gone. A powerful producer observes that the top movie talent is 'not touching [the strike] with a 10-foot pole.'"

Since when is giving money to help prevent the collateral damage from a strike less worthy than walking the pickets? Not being in the picket lines isn't the same as crossing them. And supporting the people who are losing their jobs should be commended.