Great interview on Gothamist today with John Oliver, Daily Show writer and Timothy Bewes* doppelganger, about the WGA strike. As if the Bewesian Britishness weren't enough, Oliver gets major points in my book for what's concerning him most about the strike:
They’re playing games with people’s lives at the moment, and I’m not even talking about the writers. On The Daily Show we have a staff who are very concerned at the moment about losing their jobs – researchers, P.A.s, etc. – and I find talk like that quite difficult to stomach... [F]riends of mine who live paycheck to paycheck are being seriously affected by this strike. And they don’t even stand to benefit from any of the negotiations!That's a good man.
There has been criticism in the press of Ellen DeGeneres because she’s still working, but I would not join in with that because she’s protecting her staff who depend on her.
The thing that keeps me awake at night are my co-workers’ livelihoods, the co-workers back in the office. That’s why I’m having a hard time sleeping at night. And three hours sleep a night doesn’t help with the walking in circles.
*Ohmigod, listen to this class Bewes teaches now: "'Terrible Beauty': Literature and the Terrorist Imaginary." The terrorist imaginary. That is so hot.