(In These Times) -- This week, the cottage industry of sites formerly dedicated to covering ex-Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s every move had reason to celebrate, as she resurfaced in Washington, filming a scene for Sharknado 3, the latest installment in the so-bad-it’s-actually-really-bad science fiction franchise. This wasn’t the first bit of conservative stunt-casting for the SyFy sequel: Ann Coulter will reportedly play the Vice President, right-wing celeb Bo Derek has a role and the producers sought out Oliver North and Colin Powell.
The Bachmann shoot got plenty of coverage everywhere you’d expect: the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Mediaite, Vox. What none of these news articles pointed out was the actual news: that the Sharknado movie in question is working with a scab crew after firing the entire production team when they sought union representation.
Because you go to war with the media you have, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) has used the hashtag #Strikenado to publicize their action. And they’ve gotten a lot of mileage on social media, where Sharknado hate-watching has been refined to an art form. But beyond the delight in all things schlock, this is another effort to break the solidarity on Hollywood work crews and depress one of the last skilled manual labor jobs in America that pays above-average wages.
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