Transcript: The Dark Underbelly of 'Love is Blind'
A reporter's scathing look at alleged cruelty on Netflix's juggernaut reality show; plus the DGA dance with the WGA
This transcript of The Ankler podcast has been lightly edited for clarity.
Sean McNulty (00:05):
Welcome to The Ankler Podcast. This is Sean McNulty from The Wakeup newsletter here at The Ankler here in New York City on the morning of Friday, April 21st. Joining me, of course, are Richard Rushfield and Elaine Low in Los Angeles. Two people who will always be blue checked in my heart, if not on Twitter that I don't check too much anymore, but I'm sure most of you still are. So be sure to follow the still blue-checked Ankler account on Twitter @TheAnkler, and follow The Ankler on all social platforms at The Ankler.
We'll have a special guest today in a little bit, Katie Warren over at Insider who did a pretty great piece on Netflix's Love is Blind that had nothing to do with live-streaming and more to do with working 20-hour days for seven bucks an hour, essentially. So really fascinating piece. We'll get to that in just a little bit.
But back in actually scripted land, Hollywood is, we're about 10 days away from potentially having no writers, Richard, and I wouldn't say sense of urgency is something that's pervasive, at least not from what I'm seeing and reading. But the Fox/Dominion saga has taught us anything, Hollywood loves nothing less than a deadline to work against here.
But one thing that came to be, Richard, I want to get your thoughts on that we haven't really talked a lot about yet, and the DGA came into the spotlight a little more this week. They announced, or I guess reminded their membership that, by the way, "We have a no strike clause, or I guess no sympathy strike clause in our deal, so we can't go on a strike with the writers until our deal is up on June 30th." And their negotiations, of course, start on May 7th. So that's an important thing to note, right, Richard?