I understand this happened recently. He has brought attention to himself during the writers strike with his blogging on The Huffington Post very critical of the union’s leadership.
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If this is true – what a weak and selfish move. He obviously has a bigger rainy day fund than most of us.
What took him so long? He’s thumbed his nose at the WGA and other writers in general since the get go.
does this mean we get a sequel to undercover brother?!!
John has hated the WGA since the arbitration process almost made him lose his credit on “Three Kings.”
Jerky writer/director David O. Russell tried to get John’s name removed from the film and the WGA’s horrible arbitration process almost let it happen (as it favors bigger names over smaller ones.)
Since then John has DESPISED the WGA and used all his skills to badmouth it. And since he’s a great speaker and a really smart guy (and a helluva writer) John has gotten bigger and bigger platforms to do this (even on the liberal Huffingtonpost.com who you would expect to be on the pro-union side.)
If John has let his hate drive him to exit the one organization that fights for him and his fellow writers (and makes sure he can one day do crazy things like retire and have health insurance,) I say good riddance.
Typical. He’ll never work again. Good. Undercover Brother?
Good riddance! Ridley is a hack and is one of the most hated writers in town. Hopefully this means he’ll finally stop pushing his incredibly stupid (not to mention illegal) idea that the WGA should become a movie studio.
Good riddance to bad rubbish. By the way, John, now that you’re no longer a member, you no longer have any cred to bray about the Guild leadership.
Good. Frigging. Riddance.
Yeah, he did bring attention on himself at the Huffington Post – and not in the good way, either.
Not a very big loss to the WGA, is it? In my everso humble opinion.
from Ridley’s NPR blog:
“Some of the Hollywood showrunners are back to work on their shows from Dick Cheney-like stealth locations. Carson Daly is the first late-night host to go back on the air — oh joy. And there’s reportedly at least one high-profile writer who’s crossed the picket line to do rewrites on film scripts … and no, it’s not me.”
He should have just added “…yet.”
Let me know when someone who’s writing I actually admire goes fi-core…
It’s despicable that people who benefited from the protections and union that aided their career advancement would now so readily turn their back on that union because they personally no longer need them
Whoa. What a surprise. [palpatations, palpatations] Never would have thought this possible given all the whining and braying put forth over on HuffPo by said hack. Golly. Fine. Let the egotistical cocksucker go. Maybe he can get that sequel to Undercover Brother up and running. Another lovely contribution to the American landscape and cinema. Here’s your hat, what’s your…
What really sucks about this is John has more money than God. He could have sat this out for over a year if he had too. While working class writers like me have to take loans out on our houses and lower our cost of living to fight for our future. John is a smart guy, unfortunately he’s not a good one.
John Ridley has proven time and time again, through his writings, to have absolutely no character.
This is not a surprise.
What a weasel.
He wrote on some animated series and “Third Watch” with story for “Three Kings,” is he supposed to be one of those huge “A-listers?”
I have to file this in the “who cares?” file.
This happened a month or so ago. He attended the last WGA member meeting because the lists hadn’t been updated yet. Ridley has always wanted the contract negotiations to fail for some reason — it’s all in his blog. This isn’t news.
What a loser.
Phew, I was afraid for a minute it would be an A-lister who took the plunge first.
Exelsior, Mr Ridley!
Is this true? Omfg, is somebody keeping a list of all the traitorous fi-core scabs I’m going to have to boycott before this thing is over?
I’d actually celebrate if that meant no more postings from Ridley on The Huffington Post, but c’est la vie…
John Ridley is more of a novelty act than a writer. And the novelty wore off long ago.
Well, he should have. Ridley is only acting on the words he has been preaching since the strike started. Granted, much of what he preaches on his site has been untrue, but he seems to believe it to be true.
Ridley going fi-core is no big deal in the end. I am an actor and writer and have read for a couple of his pilots. If that is the kind of writing the networks want, good luck to them.
Ridley sure has come a long way from his old days as a stand up wearing tye die T-shirts.
It’s worth noting that John Ridley is an anomaly in Hollywood — he’s a neo-con Iraq War/Bush supporter — and this is simply an expression of his thinwitted politics. That and his desire to burnish a somewhat dubious reputation as an ‘independent’ thinker unafraid of difficult choices.
I’m guessing this one was easy. John wants attention, John wants to get paid. Good riddance.
I’m disappointed to read this, because I agree with John Ridley for the most part.
People who think Verrone and Young know WTH they are doing are smoking crack. Verrone and Young are improvising as they go.
How do you explain the WGA going into December with the WGA general counsel saying individual deals was a bad idea and then changing course on that subject in the SAME MONTH?
If anyone doubts the WGA leaderships’ cluelessness, remember the 2006 strike.
John Ridley is right, but fi-core is wrong.
Just what every studio exec in town has been waiting for… John Ridley to go Fi-Core. I’m sure “Step Up 3″ is looking for rewrite, buddy… it’s all yours.
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