This Madonna/Forum thing really opened the floodgates and got that peanut gallery typing but good.
Please enjoy some examples of the email I've gotten - I have not corrected any spelling or grammar errors:
Ur stoopid 4 thnking U can pikett Madonna shes superstar and I hope u all die
Union members are paid too much!! GREED IS A SIN!!!
What about the innocent people who just want to be intertained? Your saying I should not go when I've paid and I'm saying you all should go back to Russia.
Shame on you all for using an innocent person for publicity. Why should she care about you or your silly little problems? If any of you had any brains, you'd go get a real job.
Well, that last one sort of has a point - I think I mentioned that I don't expect uber-rich celebs to give a shit about the working man, and the fact is that most (with a few exceptions) of them don't. Those of us who work in the entertainment industry understand this and although we wish things were different, that's the way it goes.
I NEVER EXPECTED MADONNA TO GIVE A RAT'S ASS ABOUT LABOR.
I was, however, hoping that a group of folks who call themselves Christians would care about their employees receiving a fair wage in a city with astronomical housing and general living costs.
It deeply saddens me to think I might be wrong.
As for using Madonna to generate publicity - you bet your ass. She'd do the same thing if our situations were reversed.
And if you think union members are paid too much, please feel free to go work on a non-union low budget movie. Know that you're showing us greedy union fucks a thing or two while you work 80+ hour weeks for a flat rate that works out to be less than minimum wage and be told by the producer that you should crawl into a building full of toxic waste to place a light because "it's the right thing to do because we all care soooo much about the project" and then get fired when you refuse because you decide to make your health a priority over a movie that no one's ever going to see anyway.
If that doesn't sound good (and why wouldn't it?), please do work on some non-union music videos that shoot for 25 hours straight, don't feed you because they blew the catering budget on coke for the artist and his/her friends, and then have armed thugs threaten you when you show up at the office to try to collect another paycheck because the first one (that they issued, under threat of legal action, 6 weeks after the shoot) bounced.
Oh, and have fun not making enough money - no matter how hard you work - to insure your health and your car at the same time.
Go on, do it. I'll wait.
For the haters out there, it should please you to no end to learn that we'll probably be getting rained on while we picket.