Fran Drescher, president of SAG-AFTRA, has responded to criticism regarding a selfie she took with Kim Kardashian during the ongoing negotiations for Hollywood strikes. The 65-year-old actor, leading the actors’ trade union, has gone on strike along with over 150,000 television and movie actors to secure a fair deal. Drescher’s selfie sparked controversy, with critics questioning her actions in light of the strike.
SAG-AFTRA’s Strike and Fran Drescher’s Role
SAG-AFTRA’s national board voted unanimously to issue a strike order against studios and streamers due to the AMPTP’s refusal to offer a fair deal on crucial issues protecting the livelihoods of actors and performers. As the president of SAG-AFTRA, Drescher plays a pivotal role in representing the union’s interests and advocating for fair contracts.
Controversial Selfie with Kim Kardashian
Drescher faced criticism for taking a selfie with Kardashian while negotiations for the strike were ongoing. Critics deemed her actions “tone deaf” as Kardashian was allegedly reported to have crossed the WGA picket line to film American Horror Story. During a press conference, Drescher responded to the controversy, explaining the context behind the photograph and her role as a brand ambassador for a fashion company. She emphasized that the photo was taken during work-related activities in Italy, not a leisurely gathering.
Work and Commitment Amidst Strike
Drescher clarified that the selfie with Kardashian was part of her work obligations as a brand ambassador, highlighting the extensive hair and makeup preparations and the physical demands of her role during the promotional event. Drescher emphasized that both she and Kardashian were fulfilling work commitments, despite the desire to be elsewhere. She stressed the dedicated nature of their professions, where appearances and obligations often take precedence over personal preferences.
Who is Fran Drescher
Fran Drescher is an American actress, comedian, producer, and activist. She was born on September 30, 1957, in Flushing, Queens, New York. Drescher gained recognition for her iconic role as Fran Fine in the popular television sitcom “The Nanny,” which aired from 1993 to 1999. Her portrayal of the witty, fashion-forward nanny brought her critical acclaim and made her a household name.
In addition to “The Nanny,” Drescher has appeared in a variety of films and TV shows throughout her career. Some notable films she has been a part of include “Saturday Night Fever,” “This Is Spinal Tap,” and “The Beautician and the Beast.” On television, she has had roles in shows like “Living with Fran” and “Happily Divorced,” the latter of which she also co-created.
Fran Drescher was elected President of SAG-AFTRA on September 2, 2021. She is the first woman to hold the position since Gabrielle Carteris in 2016.