Hollywood is known for being pretty tolerant—and even forgiving—of bad behavior, that is unless your stage name is Donald J. Trump.
SAG-AFTRA, the union that represents working actors, reality starts and even television journalists, voted unanimously to kick the former President of the United States out of the union. It seems Trump violated their constitution.
Although they recognize that playing the role of President of the United States is a non-union gig, SAG-AFTRA says the Donald is in violation of ‘Global Rule 1’. For those of you not familiar with the Global Rules, they involve protecting the safety of SAG-AFTRA members.
The union says Trump is in trouble for not just his alleged role in inciting the deadly January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, but also for his war on the media. As National Executive Director, David White noted, “This individual’s words and actions over the past four years have presented actual harm to our broadcast journalist members.”
Union President, Gabrielle Carteris (from 90210 fame), called for the charges against the man who once resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Before Trump gets the boot from the union he’d be given notice and could show up to a hearing to argue his case. Even if he gets expelled, he’d still get his pension and any residuals from The Apprentice and his many cameo appearance over the years.
Still, this is unchartered territory, and veteran Hollywood lawyer Schuyler Moore told the Hollywood Reporter. “I’m not aware of them having ever expelled someone for bad behavior,” he said. Noting that no one even got kicked out during the whole #MeToo movement.
However, if Trump is no longer a card-carrying member of the union, it pretty much puts an end to anyone in Hollywood ‘engaging’ with the former president. Many would argue that happened the moment he ran for office.