Your pet is invited to join the writer’s strike


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  1. Yeah, I’ve seen this everywhere. David Cross ees sooooo qte! Hee!

  2. Love it!

  3. Dahahaha!

  4. Rowangrey says:

    Funny. Not Cute.

  5. marissposa says:

    animals are so sympathetic to others needs

  6. Uh oh. Is it double post Wednesday?
    Can my pet still write his own material? He’s not in the union…?

  7. BUT WHAT WILL WE DO IF THIS STRIKE TAKES EFFECT. NO MORE CUTEOVERLOAD, NO MORE CURIOUSANIMALS NO MORE CHEEZBURGER, AAAHHHHH!!!

    http://www.animaloverdose.com/

  8. Momof2kitties says:

    Ummmmm…weird?

  9. Is that ‘Chocolate Rain’, the acoustic version, playing in the background?

  10. berthaslave says:

    Ben, if you are reading…TURN OFF THE CAPS LOCK. It is considered rude, though I’m sure you don’t mean to be.

    That having been said, SUPPORT THE WRITERS. You know what the best way is? STOP WATCHING NETWORK REALITY TV!! And boycotting sponsors. And writing letters.

    I have way too many friends out of work! Viva C.O.!! Viva WGA!! Viva los artistes!!

  11. lurkingsmirk says:

    Dah! The scab at the end was sooo weird haha. Clever mashup.

  12. So, ummmmm… Exactly who wrote this bit if the writers are on strike?

    Picket-crossing scab, that’s who.

  13. LOL! I love the scab kitten at the end. What is that guy’s name again? I know I’ve seen him in a few comedic roles.

  14. LOL at David Cross in a kitty costume! That guy is freaking hysterical. I miss Arrested Development. Which, without WRITERS, would not have been the wonderful series it was…
    VIVE LA RESISTANCE!!!

  15. LOL I soooooo needed this laugh … Thanks non writer animals and people who made this video possible. ; )

  16. OMFG!! David Cross on Cuteoverload!!! Two of my favorite things at ONCE!?!!1

    I just can’t handle it!!

  17. “Post a video response of your pet not being cute.”

    I cannot comply. My kittehs are incapable of not being cute. That said,
    SUPPORT THE STRIKE!

  18. chet's momma says:

    can someone tell me why carson daly is here???

  19. Eater of Shades says:

    list of some show directors:
    http://www.wga.org/subpage_member.aspx?id=2529

    news about the strike
    http://www.wga.org/subpage_member.aspx?id=2403

    no good shows no fuzzy (or funny) animals.

    what to doooooooo!!!!!!!!

  20. Goofy: The writers are striking against the studios represented by the AMPTP.

    The strike does not prevent them from creating material that does not benefit the studios. So free Youtube movies are perfectly okay.

  21. i dont own a tv, i dont watch movies, so i really couldnt care less about the strike.

    maybe if no ‘good’ tv comes out, everyone will get off their butts and live a real life instead of watching a pretend one on tv????

    the video is funny though. but i bet the dogs will have more time to ride skateboards and the cats more time to play piano if their people arent watching tv….

  22. GerbilNibble says:

    Ehh. I’m not giving up cute so writers can get paid more by old media. Sorry.

  23. I <3 David Cross!!!
    But this is sooooo sad! We must save the cuteness!!!!!

  24. I love how ‘Chocolate Rain’ is playing in the background and I’m incredibly relieved that it’s only instrumentals! This was hilar!

  25. i already suspected my dog is in solidarity with the writers. he just sits around on my bed eating cookies and watching maury until i get home from work. hmmmm….

  26. HILARIOUS. I didn’t even realize that was David Cross until I read the comments, haha..

    The writers’ main issue isn’t to get more money from old media, but to make sure they don’t get screwed on new media (Internet ad revenue). When VHS came out, the deal gave less than a nickel to a writer for every copy sold. I think that holds true for DVDs as well. Correct me if I’m wrong on any of that.

  27. it was made by a writer, Frank Lesser, WGA Member and Writer for the Colbert Report

    see unitedhollywood.com

    with that said, although i love david cross, i think this gets a bit creepy near the end. i still love it though!

  28. That was funny! and poignant!

  29. i love the overly dramatic music.

    and the “prairie dog not emoting” made me burst out guffawing!!!

  30. rachel, get off your soapbox.

  31. Not to be an off-topic Nuff, but do those of you who don’t support the strike really understand what this is about?

    When you watch a rerun of “I Love Lucy” or “The Addams Family” or “Gilligan’s Island” or any number of shows from the ’50/’60s/’70, you need to know that those actors and writers get NO FINANCIAL COMPENSATION from that airing. They were paid for the first broadcast and (maybe) one or two reruns. PERIOD.

    Back then, the incredibly lucrative “back end” money (via syndication, tape/DVD/cable) was unknown. Consequently, the studio/production entity garnered ALL the money from the ongoing success of that TV show. John Astin (as Gomez) gets nothing; Tina Louise (as Ginger) gets nothing; etc. Makes you understand why the cast of “Seinfeld” fought like hell for million-dollar salaries– they seemed greedy at first glimpse, but the TRUTH is that they offered to the studio the option of giving them a (tiny!) percentage of the “back end,” and the studio told them to go fuck themselves.

    Well, now we know ALL about the moneymaking potential of “new media,” and the networks/studios are doing everything they can to screw the writers out of their MORE than fair share of new media profits.

    THIS, in short, is what the strike is about.

  32. berthaslave says:

    To clarify:

    Carson Daly recently announced that he would resume production on his show, crossing the picket line (he is not a member of the Guild). He claims that he wants the other people on his show to continue to work, but his decision to air his 1:30 AM show against the wishes of his staff writers (and numerous other unions supporting the strike) has met with great derision, as no one watches his show anyway and he’s not well-regarded as a talent of any sort.

    Rachel, you may not care, but the studios and networks have used this issue to put thousands of non-writers out of work and cancel/abort numerous other projects that keep thousands of people employed. And guess what? TV isn’t stopping, it’s just getting WORSE without the writers, as networks recycle “reality” shows (which aren’t real, by the way). It’s only going to get worse in the next couple of months unless the strike ends. Good TV, like good movies, good theatre and good books, can be a reflection of a culture and something that gets people to think about themselves and their lives in an entertaining way. Regardless of whether or not it’s necessary to you personally, I’m not sure why you “care less” about the artists in a culture being treated like dirt by international corporations who want to sell more toilet paper.

  33. berthaslave says:

    Amen, J.Bo…although, to be persnickety, “I Love Lucy” was produced by Desilu, so Desi and Lucy were compensated quite well for that series beyond what their fellow actors ended up making (and I believe they made a small fortune on the syndication rights).

    And to the poster who asked before: writers get 4 cents on every DVD or VHS sold. They were asking for 8, but the producers turned that down. Currently, the writers are making NOTHING on internet/download revenue, and the producers are saying they “don’t make any money” on these new revenue streams. LIES.

  34. LuvBJones says:

    The non-skateboarding Jack Russell made my head explode. “Why are you pointing that little box at me? Did I do something … wrong?” *tentativewag*

    My old lady beagle will gladly stop clapping her paws in anticipation of treats to show solidarity with the writers! She’ll still be mighty cute, tho.

  35. “Otters NOT holding hands…”
    Very, very funny!

  36. Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot piiiiiieeeee!

  37. “writers get 4 cents on every DVD or VHS sold. They were asking for 8″

    I may be wrong about this, but I *think* they were asking for 8 AFTER their product had already made the company $1 million. Not such an unreasonable demand, if you ask me…

  38. Hahaha…:-P

  39. Dave, you’re my hero! That’s one of my favourite David Cross roles, and the best line of the whole show…PS, loved the animals NOT being cute, while still remaining very cute (conundrum?)

  40. David Cross in a kitty hat? Orchestral rendition of Chocolate Rain? Richard Belzer apologizing for his dog not riding a skateboard?

    Internet, my day is made.

  41. Brilliant!

  42. anonnymouse says:

    rachel – great, you don’t watch tv or watch movies. But if you were getting screwed at your job wouldn’t you get together with your fellow employees also being screwed and try to straighten out the wrongs being done to you? That’s what the writer’s are doing. They aren’t writing for YOU. They are writing. You work, they work. They live to write. You live to not watch tv or movies..and whatever else you do.

  43. Whardier, I’m about 99.9% sure it is Chocolate Rain playing in the background.

    I knew I wasn’t going crazy!

  44. Detective Munch! On C.O.! With a puppeh!

    This has seriously made my day. Though I’d have no luck getting my kittehs to stop being cute; it’s impossible.

  45. girlnextdoortn says:

    Am now going to be a ’nuff.

    This was not even a little amusing. Guess I’ll try again tomorrow.

  46. To say the writers are getting “screwed” is a bit of an overstatement, especially considering how much they make. For example, “Among the Writers Guild’s 12,000 members are television writer-producers like Shonda Rhimes, the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” who take home up to $5 million a year.” (New York Times, November 4, 2007) So, basically, I don’t really feel sorry for them considering the average per capita income of the population is $25,000.

  47. The MEDIAN income of the WGA writers is something like $5000/year. Yes, some make millions, and they bring the average up. But a whole lot of them work other jobs in addition to writing, just to make ends meet.

  48. AuntieMame says:

    “great, you don’t watch tv or watch movies. But if you were getting screwed at your job wouldn’t you get together with your fellow employees also being screwed and try to straighten out the wrongs being done to you?”

    anonnymouse, no, I don’t.

    When I get screwed at work, I get screwed. That’s just the way the white collar world works.

    There is no law that says we all have to support everyone else’s labor dispute.

    Sorry if that sounds cold, but I can’t save the whole world, so I save my efforts for the causes I *can* do something about.

    I will have to wait to comment about the video until I get home where they aren’t blocked.

  49. yankeebird says:

    Is cute.

    I’m so impressed to see the talking kitties in the middle. As I got them posted on here, I claim full responsibility for their popularity and famousness (it’s a word in my world even if it’s not a real word). And I love the part with Richard Belzer – yet another reason to love the man!

  50. The average WGA member makes $5,000 dollars a year.

    I have not watched TV or any network affilated online content since the strike began (I miss the Office, sniff) and I miss it, but a picket line is a picket line no matter how virtual.
    This strike is important because it will determine how much of a death grip big Studios will maintain as new media (our media) raises and old media decays. Be prepared for a SAG strike in June.
    I personally am willing to do what it takes to make sure that creative and artistic men and women are allowed a fair percentage of that profit. I think Will Arnett should get a nickle everytime GOB makes me laugh.

  51. that was lame

  52. GerbilNibble says:

    Okay, well good luck to the writers than. I wish them success. But I really don’t appreciate being made to feel like I MUST care when I think there are much more important things to be protesting ’bout these days.

  53. Are bunnies refusing to disapprove?

  54. Sandra S. says:

    Sheesh. I am so sick of all of this “TV is horrible anyways” and “I’m totally well informed and the writers are all rich and stuff” and “They’re just whiny, there are like, starving children in Africa” nonsense.

    If you have a problem with you unions, you have a problem with everyone except the rich and privileged. You have a problem with nurses and teachers and people who do extremely important jobs and get routinely screwed over for it. And I’m sure that your internet hand-wringing about the low quality of TV or the better things to protest is of MUCH more value than educating people about real people getting cheated by big corporations with David Cross in a Kitty Suit. If you do feel like you have something more valuable to say, I invite you to create an adorable internet video of yourself explaining your point of view. But the Kitty Suit is MANDATORY. No exceptions.

  55. The animals are cute…the man at the end was scary…

    *rant* that has nothing to do with cuteoverload…and yes I know…take it elsewhere but I want my voice to be heard ;-)
    Get off the picket lines and sit your fat butts back down and write. I’m not even in the States right now and I think it’s rediculous what they’re doing. All they want is more money. If anyone is afraid that capitalism is dying all they need to do is read the news and see the writers wanting more money.

  56. well, i’ll be the first to admit i haven’t really kept up with the writer’s strike, but i must say one thing….
    meow-dorable!!!!

  57. Bummer….video no longer available. :-/

  58. OOps…. my bad. It worked this time. Cute video. Not gonna get into the commentroversy

  59. Being NOT cute is lots of work for doggies.

    Writers better send steak when they get raise:

    http://www.bellibean.blogspot.com/

    No peek-a-boo, no Santa hat! NOT CUTE!

  60. Not funny, not cute.

  61. Hahah, that´s brilliant. Apart from the creepy “Furry” person. Don´t like HIM! ;O

  62. Amen to Bertha and B.Jo.

    Sometimes I think people forget their history lessons.

  63. Now, Zorbs, that’s just crazy talk.

  64. Great video! Support the writers!

  65. The video was funny, I don’t really care about the writer strike. If doctors and nurses strike, people can die, which is bad. If teachers strike, children go un-taught, which again, is bad. If tv writers strike… maybe people will watch less tv and live their life, which I think is probably a VERY good thing. I don’t know anyone who as they were dying say— “boy, I really wished I watched more tv!! There were some quality shows that I missed while visiting with friends and playing with my kids and going for quiet evening walks.”

    So, yes, I will continue to not care about the strike, and do – whatever it is that I do – which includes working, getting education, spending time with my family and friends and pets, walking through the forest, learning to cook and make crafts, helping at the animal shelter, learning photography, and about a million other things I couldn’t do if my eyes were glued to the tv.

    And if at my job we got unfair treatment, the world wouldn’t run and go – “oh noes!!! There are some people who think they should get something different than they are getting!” And that is true for most jobs in this world. People care about tv because they can sit and ignore the rest of their life and watch some made up one. Maybe if everyone stopped watching it and started living, it would be better for everybody.

  66. The Pets were adorable, the guy in the cat costume wasn’t. First thing that popped in my head was ‘please shoot that guy’ Metaphorical speaking of course.

  67. circuscake says:

    i am going to join the animals in supporting the writer’s strike.

    it’s nice that t.v. give creative people a means of expressing and supporting themselves rather than having to die slow deaths at soul-crushing jobs, but they do deserve more credit/money than they currently receive.

    saint rachel? i barely watch t.v., i’d rather read or garden or play with my critters, but i still support my fellow working artists.

  68. Casting not Writng says:

    This all happened because somebody convinced the writers that there was money being made in online downloads. They’ve already got their piece of DVDs, which they deserve.

    I know somebody who sells movies and TV to alternative venues (airlines, bus stations, trains and ONLINE). He said the only department that doesn’t get commission is online sales because it’s -not profitable-.

    In five years? Maybe. Right now? No.

    This is a poorly timed strike which directly affects me, so I’m a little cheesed off.

    Also, I’ve dreamed of punching David Cross if the face for 9 years. (when he banged my 17-yo cousin’s underage friend backstage at a concert…so who’s cute now?)

  69. The thing is, the writers were burned before. Years back, the studios convinced them to take less than their standard commission on DVD sales/rentals, because oh noes!, it was a new market and who knew if it would really make any money? Of course it made money hand over fist–for the studios.

    I can’t blame the writers for being suspicious that the studios are now making the same argument about online revenue: Who knows if it’ll make money? Well, fine; if it doesn’t make money, they won’t have to pay the writers a commission. All the writers are asking is their fair share of any profits that *do* happen.

  70. OMG, It’s Chocolate Rain, you guys, the background music is Chocoloate Rain on violin. xD LOL

  71. First..loved the animals, little scared of “catguy”.

    Second…I support any artist getting compensated for their talent.

    Finally….strike = not cute

    Stick to the subject people!

  72. “I don’t know anyone who as they were dying say— “boy, I really wished I watched more tv!! There were some quality shows that I missed while visiting with friends and playing with my kids and going for quiet evening walks.””

    Would you say the same thing about books? Or plays? Or movies? The double standard is glaring. Books and plays and movies don’t have 500 channels that have to be filled 24 hours of every day… and, even so, plenty of them are of poor quality. The best of TV stands up to the best of literature or the best of cinema. There’s no reason to judge a medium or act superior to it just because it’s transmitted on a certain piece of equipment.

    When dying, I might say I wished I watched more TV… if I’d missed some of the sublime, thought-provoking, uplifting art that has aired on TV over the years.

    Yes, art.

  73. You took the words right out of my mouth E.G. Art is art whether it is cinema, literature, music, ballet, opera, theater, photography (what this website is kinda devoted to), visual art or TV. It can be bad and it can be good.

    BTW, E.G., have I seen you in the comments section on feministing?

  74. That is the MOST hilarious thing I have seen so far! Hahahahahahahah…….breathe……hahahahahahaha

  75. (No, that must be someone else.)

  76. Hear, hear, E.G.!

  77. Yes, Rachel, maybe if people watched less TV, they would “start living,” just like you do…on the internet, commenting about Cute or Not Cute…

  78. (No, that must be someone else.)

    Ah ok. Sorry. Should’ve known. That person doesn’t have periods between the letters. *feels stupid*

  79. Realist: Please go to newsfromme.com and read the REAL stats on the writers. Most Union writers make little to nothing. You’re only hearing about the ones making the big salaries.

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