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June 18, 2004

Liberal Actors and Hypocrisy

Because of research I was needing to do for a book I'm helping to write I came across this odd bit of information: "Each SAG member pays basic annual dues of $100.00. In addition members will pay percentage dues of 1.85% of all individual earnings under SAG contracts up through $200,000, and 0.5% on all individual earnings from $200,001 through $500,000."

In other words the Screen Actors Guild has a dues rate that diminishes as the income of the actor increases. Julia Roberts would therefore pay a smaller percentage of her income in SAG dues than, say, Jennifer Anderson (the girl who ran the slide projector in the movie Mona Lisa Smile) Maybe their reasoning is that by the time and actor or actress is making big buck, they owe more to their own reputation for maintaining their job security than they do the SAG. Kinda makes sense, although in all honesty one could argue that even being able to obtain and maintain that reputation was made possible through the SAG.

The thing that interest me about all this is how many actors and actresses (Julia Roberts included) spend their time ragging Bush and the Republican party for their tax policies. The SAG is run and operated by actors and actresses. The current president is Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie) and the Vice-President is James Cromwell (Arthur Hoggett in Babe, Dr. Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact). But rather than making the wealthy actors and actresses carry the heavier burden of dues, they give the big names a break, and actually don't even make them pay dues for anything over $500,000. In contrast the US tax rates go up the higher the income, and even that isn't good enough for Liberals (many actors and actress being a vocal part of that group). Since Hollywood is so predominantly Liberal, you'd think they'd really be sticking it to the wealthy actors and actresses if they were to be consistent, wouldn't you. But then consistency (and sincerity) has never been a really big thing for Liberals, has it.


Posted by Jack Lewis at June 18, 2004 07:42 AM