action hero-ing while California burns…
Arnold Schwarzenegger must be saying to himself, “Ronald Reagan never had to deal with this shit.” Via The New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — State workers across the country have long complained about budget-cutting by way of furloughs and pay cuts. Now California’s state employee unions are taking the fight to the wellspring of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s popularity: the big screen.
The workers, scheduled by the governor to be on unpaid leave on Friday, say they will demonstrate outside theaters across the state showing the new action thriller “The Expendables,” which features a rare cameo by the actor turned governor, who is likely to become an actor again when his term expires early next year.
And here Arnie was being so considerate, making sure they all had a day off so they could see him at teh moobies the moment The Expendables opened. That’s gratitude for ya.
“While state workers are being asked to do their job with less money, he is restoring his movie star status,” said Jim Zamora, a spokesman for Service Employees International Union Local 1000. “It’s another slap in the face.”
A demonstration on Aug. 3 during the premiere of “The Expendables” at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood forced Mr. Schwarzenegger to skip the red carpet and enter the building from the back, the service workers said.
They forced him to enter his gala premiere through the back door.
Are there no indiginities the peasants of California won’t subject their noble ruler to?
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