Magazine article Variety

Storytellers Stump for Inclusiveness

Magazine article Variety

Storytellers Stump for Inclusiveness

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus gave the WGA some unexpected exposure at the SAG Awards on Jan. 29 after receiving a trophy for lead actress in a comedy series for HBO's "Veep."

Louis-Dreyfus said, "Our sister guild, the Writers Guild, made a statement today that I would like to read because I am in complete agreeance with it. Our guilds are unions of storytellers who have always welcomed those from the nations and of varying beliefs who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful for them. We stand with them, and we will fight for them."

She did not have time to read the statement, which had been issued a few hours earlier and began, "It is both unconstitutional and deeply wrong to say that you cannot enter our country because of where you were born or what religion you were born into," said WGA West president Howard Rodman and WGA East president Michael Winship.

A few days later, Rodman said, "The reactions that Michael and I have gotten tell us that the entertainment community is grateful for this kind of leadership. …

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