Justine Bateman, best known for portraying “Mallory Keaton” on the NBC sitcom, “Family Ties,” released a statement on social media expressing her displeasure with the SAG-AFTRA agreement.
“I will be taking the actual deal document (and not the “summary” SAG is planning to release) and explaining the violating AI permissions the AMPTP will have over you. I’m very disappointed that the SAG leadership and committee did not take my guidance on the AI issues,” Bateman stated. “I have spent time over the past eight months writing op-eds, doing press interviews, and posting on social media to warn my fellow entertainment workers about how the studios/streamers mean to discard you with generative AI.”
SAG-AFTRA’s national board of directors on Friday approved a tentative contract negotiated with the major studios earlier this week to end the nearly four-month-long actors’ strike.
“Why? Because it’s the right thing to do, because it’s unconscionable what the CEOs are doing, and because it would be immoral of me to not tell you just how the actors and crew, in particular, are going to be abused,” continued Bateman. “I’ve said from the beginning that the use of generative AI will collapse the structure of this business. I want the actors and crew to have enough self-respect to turn over a table and flip the CEOs off as it happens. They’re going to leave you with nothing left to lose.”