Billy Porter disclosed that the continuing SAG-AFTRA strike is hurting his finances and forcing him to sell his home. Along with the Writers Guild of America (WGA), thousands of actors and entertainers are on strike in Hollywood and across the nation in protest over lower compensation and residuals in the age of streaming.
However, Porter is already having to cope with the drawbacks of the situation, despite the possibility that the strikes will benefit performers. “I must list my home. I don’t know when we’re going to start working again,” the 53-year-old “Pose” actor said to the Evening Standard. “The life of an artist, until you make f-k-you money, which I haven’t made yet, is still check-to-check,” he continued.
Porter, who starred in “Pose” from 2018 to 2021 as ballroom emcee Pray Tell, disclosed he was getting ready to start working on a few new projects in September. Porter asserted that “none of that is happening” as a result of the strike. In other words, “You’ve already starved me out, to the person who said, ‘We’re going to starve them out until they have to sell their apartments,'” Porter told the source.
The actor made his remarks after Deadline claimed that movie executives were prepared to “allow things to drag on until union members start losing their apartments and their houses.” Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, was also criticized by the recently divorced Porter for saying that performers’ expectations of treatment are “just not realistic.” Porter stated that “the business has evolved” in the streaming era of movies and television. “Therefore, the contract must develop and alter throughout time.
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that our demands for a living wage are unreasonable, according to Bob Iger? while earning $78,000 every day?” I’m at a loss for words, but f—k you, he murmured. “But that’s not helpful, so I refrained from saying anything. I’m so angry that I haven’t engaged… I’ll join the picket lines when I get back,” Porter continued. Since 1980, the 160,000-member SAG-AFTRA has not walked off the job in the film or television industries.