Los Angeles: Aaron Sorkin, his film crew, actors including Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, and SAG-AFTRA, honored the Chateau Marmont boycott and pulled the filming of the major production Being the Ricardos from the hotel due to the ongoing labor dispute.
“We commend Aaron Sorkin for putting into practice the ideals of free speech and social justice that he depicted so brilliantly in his Oscar-nominated film The Trial of the Chicago 7. This is the kind of leadership we need in Hollywood, and we urge everyone else in the industry to follow his lead and honor the boycott of the Chateau Marmont. We also thank members of SAG-AFTRA, Teamsters, Directors Guild, and IATSE for their solidarity,” said UNITE HERE Local 11 Co-President Kurt Petersen.
Through the highly publicized boycott of the Chateau Marmont, workers are calling on the hotel to demonstrate a commitment to respecting workers’ years of service by rehiring them in accordance with their legal rights and ensuring that all workers—regardless of their race, sex, or background—feel treated with dignity and respect.
“For years I washed the dishes behind the scenes for Hollywood’s A-listers. Today, knowing that we got the support from such respected actors in Hollywood means the world to me,” said Oscar Chacon, 17-year dishwasher at the Chateau Marmont whose eyes lit up upon hearing the news.
A growing number of celebrities have endorsed the workers’ call for a boycott, including Jane Fonda, Alfonso Cuarón, Martin Sheen, Tom Morello, Edie Falco, Lena Headey, Constance Zimmer, Nikki Bilderback, Thomas Sadoski, Joshua Oppenhimer, Eliza Dushku and Alison Pill. Organizations like SAG-AFTRA have also voiced their support for the fired workers.
Picket lines outside the Chateau Marmont are expected Friday outside the after-party hotspot as Hollywood prepares for Oscar weekend.
To learn more of the ongoing boycott and support go to www.BoycottChateauMarmont.org