Stephen Amell has failed his union – that is the sentiment from fans on social media since the Arrow star revealed he does not support the Actors Strike. Moreover, the DCTV actor appears to have also broken SAG-AFTRA’s striking rules going by a video clip that shows him discussing The CW show at Montreal Comic-Con on July 15.
Arrow series stans are convinced the titular star of the show does not align with the ideals of the DC Universe character he portrayed for 8 years. Stephen Amell made a career in Hollywood after his breakout role in the DCTV show – which explored Oliver Queen as a vigilante, the Emerald Archer fighting the corrupt & criminals posing a threat to Starling City. However, Amell’s fanbase is in disbelief over his pushback against the ongoing Actors strike over fair pay, better-streaming residuals and protection from A.I.
UPDATE: Amell has clarified his statement on the strike in an Instagram post
Stephen addressed his thoughts on the SAG-AFTRA strike at Raleigh’s GalaxyCon and while he initially began by saying, “I support my union, I do, and I stand with them” he also added, “But I do not support striking. I don’t. I think that it is a reductive negotiating tactic, and I find the entire thing incredibly frustrating. I think that the thinking as it pertains to shows — like this show that I’m on that premiered last night — I think it is myopic, and I stand with my union.”
SAG-AFTRA union actor says Stephen Amell broke strike rules
The Arrow actor’s comment drew widespread criticism and even co-stars from The CW show like actor Kirk Acevedo had an extreme reaction on Twitter, “This f*cking guy”. The Flash actor Matt Letscher, known for portraying Eobard Thawne also pushed back, “Still waiting on that comprehensive list of totally non-reductive negotiating tactics we get to employ now. Thank god for superheroes! Any second now.”
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Stephen Amell was already a mediocre Green Arrow, but to be anti-strike for Unions fighting to be paid fairly is the most anti-Oliver Queen thing.
— Walt (@Uber_Kryptonian) August 1, 2023
— KID VICIOUS🔪 (@kirkacevedo) August 1, 2023
the arrowverse cast jumping stephen amell 💀 pic.twitter.com/HKnWnxIsXB
— Neb | 🏳️🌈 (@NebsGoodTakes) August 1, 2023
Virgin Stephen Amell not supporting the strike
Chad Grant Gustin attending the strike with his fellow writers and actors pic.twitter.com/DC7AiZL8ie
— PattyNest (@PattyNest) August 1, 2023
Stephen Amell when the SAG strike ends and he has to see all his costars back on set
— Dalton (@RedDragon733) August 1, 2023
St*phen Am*ll should probably shut his mouth about the strike unless he wants me to send SAG-AFTRA a clip where he talked about his show at a convention the weekend AFTER the strike was called.https://t.co/Z904nE88WZ
— janine granda is on strike✊✨ (@beingjanine) August 1, 2023
— CanWeGetSomeToast (@CanWeGetToast) July 31, 2023
Stephen Amell revealing himself to be more like the people he called out than the character he played 💀 pic.twitter.com/mKF5NATVM5
— Steve 🎥 Supports the WGA (@SteveRogers1943) August 1, 2023
Speaking of The Flash, many shared stills of Grant Gustin participating in the picket lines for Writers Guild on Strike to criticize Amell for not doing the same. While the ongoing widespread backlash might not seem like a big concern – some took issue with Stephen Amell discussing his Green Arrow role at Montreal Comic-Con, just days after SAG-AFTRA had announced the strike.
Actors are not allowed to discuss projects produced by studios under AMPTP nor promote them during the ongoing strike. It was in fact a SAG-AFTRA actor Janine Granda who brought to notice that Amell did discuss his role on The CW series.’ Readers can check it out below.
Amell also references his upcoming series, Starz’s Heels season 2 which is being seen as a promo effort too. The guidelines also state, “They [actors] are also not allowed to attend conventions such as Comic-Con to promote any past or present work made under a SAG-AFTRA contract.”
Stephen has not responded to the barrage of backlash so far. Nevertheless, fans are using Green Arrow’s iconic dialogue, “You have failed this city” to mock him, as even insider CWGST added, “Stephen Amell… you have FAILED this union.”
SAG-AFTRA’s strike was called July 13th. This was posted from Montreal ComicCon on July 15th. pic.twitter.com/6PMI2s3lCb
— janine granda is on strike✊✨ (@beingjanine) August 1, 2023
Is anyone who’s met Stephen Amell even remotely shocked lol https://t.co/1hDaMItIsm
— Ira (@iramadisonthree) August 1, 2023
Just so everyone is aware, Stephen Amell has an $8,000,000 Net Worth. He has nothing to worry about when it comes to getting paid fairly. And he doesn’t see a problem with his writers, other actors, staff and crew getting paid scraps. Not a care in the world🖕 https://t.co/C7qMuHtI4y pic.twitter.com/rfleLrpeBW
— Jack LoPresti 🤜WGA Solidarity 🤛 (@Lopresti101) August 1, 2023
since stephen amell is trending for being a selfish, greedy ass scab, i'm sure people have just seen what he's said within the last few days… but here's a video the day after the strike started where he says "fuck this" #SAGstrike #actorsstrike @sagaftra pic.twitter.com/rXvQTU9cGd
— 𝔪𝔞𝔡𝔦𝔰𝔬𝔫 𓃰 (@sasscatalog) August 1, 2023
— Filippo (@filippoq01) July 31, 2023
Stephen Amell is the same guy who tried to shut down a dog shelter so I’m not surprised one bit about his thoughts on the strike
— Hernandy – Chef Gusteau’s Apprentice (@Pollos_Hernandy) August 1, 2023
seeing stephen amell's former co-stars being so quick to call him out on his comments tells you everything you need to know about him https://t.co/NPFUJv8FnQ
— Shady (@norvillerockin) August 1, 2023
My take on the Stephen Amell comment:
He wishes there was a less messy way to get studios to do the right thing. He supports unions but hates that this is the only way to get things done.
He’s done a lot of great cancer charity work so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. pic.twitter.com/9Q8Il0BpPO
— A. J. (@Actually__AJ) August 1, 2023
Stephen Amell probably just ruined his rep with a single statement.
Nobody is gonna wanna work with him anymore. Idk if he realizes that.
— SD Supports the WGA & SAG (@Spider_Devil7) August 1, 2023
— Nicholas (@NicholasPas5) August 1, 2023
Stephen Amell, you have failed this union. https://t.co/vuIU9E9QlE
— Yong Yea 🐉 Eng Voice of Kiryu (@YongYea) August 1, 2023
if you have this opinion, why share it? why would you choose to tank your career? just stay silent, literally nobody was thinking, "man, what does Stephen amell think about the strike?" https://t.co/AOtjYjgRse
— thea shezko (@ashenthea) August 1, 2023
Stephen Amell being anti-strike reminds me of the fact that he is from a family rich enough for him to attend a private school in Aurora, Ontario, so he was never not rich. Plus he's still probably living off those sweet CW paychecks.
— Hummingbird (@deletetwotter) August 1, 2023
I hope Stephen Amell never works again 🙂 https://t.co/mNb8g9Y5ML
— Neil McNeil (Strike Captain) (@Neil_McNeil) August 1, 2023
bitch said he supports his union but striking is "myopic"
Lets be very clear, Stephen Amell got the jobs he did at the pay rate he did, not because of HIS union, but because of every SAG-AFTRA members union. It doesn't belong to one person and solidarity isn't an opinion. https://t.co/Mic5IjPCDL
— Gremloe (@gremloe) August 1, 2023
Last year Stephen Amell tried to get an animal rescue shut down because he didn't like the noise, despite previously volunteering at and supporting the rescue and that he barely spends time at his house in LA. He's just a huge jerk. https://t.co/eh7kfVS3sX
— iDuckFilms (@iDuckFilms) July 31, 2023
More projects are being sidelined or pushed back due to the ongoing double strike in Hollywood. Recently, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse was also delayed indefinitely due to the disruption from the SAG-AFTRA strike.
What do you think of Amell’s thoughts on the Actors Strike? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up @PursueNews24 to discuss all things related to movies & tv shows from Hollywood.
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