Kerry Washington and Bellamy Young, known for their iconic roles on the hit TV show “Scandal,” have stepped out in solidarity with their fellow Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) members. The duo recently shared heartwarming photos and messages on social media, highlighting their support for the ongoing labor strike initiated by the union. Let’s dive into the details of their involvement and the crucial issues at the heart of the strike.
Kerry Washington and Bellamy Young’s recent posts on social media platforms sent a powerful message of unity and support for the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. The strike, a response to the failure to reach a satisfactory agreement with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP), is a collective effort by the union’s more than 160,000 members to demand better working conditions and fair compensation in the face of industry changes brought about by streaming services and artificial intelligence.
In the heartwarming screenshots shared by Kerry Washington, the trio of “Scandal” stars, including Tony Goldwyn, could be seen not only volunteering together but also sharing heartfelt hugs. They even held picket signs with slogans like “Guild vs. Evil,” showing their commitment to the cause.
Washington captioned her post with a call to action, encouraging others to get involved. “If you want to get involved, there are soooooo many ways to support this labor strike. Help spread our message, volunteer, donate what you can donate to the Emergency Financial Assistance Program, and more!” She added, “Any bit helps! We’re in this together.”
In addition to the photos, Kerry Washington posted a TikTok video set to Montell Jordan’s hit song “This Is How We Do It.” The video showcased the trio folding T-shirts, taking photos, and dancing while volunteering together. Their infectious enthusiasm and camaraderie emphasized the sense of unity within the union and the importance of supporting their fellow performers.
Bellamy Young, who portrayed First Lady Mellie Grant on “Scandal,” also took to social media to share her support for SAG-AFTRA’s strike. She posted photos of herself and Tony Goldwyn on the picket line in Times Square, New York City, and expressed her gratitude for the protections and sense of family that the union has provided her throughout her career.
Young stated, “I’ve been a proud @sagaftra #UnionMember since 1992. I’m so grateful for the family & protections that our union has given me & I’m proud to stand vigilant so that those protections can keep this family strong as our industry moves into a new paradigm.”
Kerry Washington and Bellamy Young, along with countless other SAG-AFTRA members, are taking a stand for fair wages and better working conditions in the entertainment industry. Their public support for the ongoing strike sends a clear message that performers are united in their determination to protect their rights and livelihoods. As the strike continues, the entertainment world watches with anticipation, hoping that the voices of these talented actors will lead to meaningful change in the industry.