Any other Castle fans out there see the news? Nathan Fillion skipped work on Friday, June 12th. Apparently, it’s part of his “feud” with ABC over his contract. He wants to work a four-day week. ABC says it’s not possible, as he’s in almost every scene of every episode. I’m guessing both sides have valid points and there’s tons of information we don’t know.
But the blogosphere has gone wild–with many people calling Fillion unprofessional, whiny, and talentless. The general comment usually goes something like this: “You get paid $100,000 an episode to sit around in an air-conditioned trailer and play make-believe while gophers fetch you lattes. Anyone can do that. They should replace you. You’re not that good. By not showing up to work for one day, you’ve disrespected everyone and everything and you should be black-balled from Hollywood FOREVER. Firemen and nurses have to work long hours all the time and they don’t get paid nearly as much. And they are saints who NEVER complain and NEVER protest working conditions. So just quit being an ungrateful sissy and do what you’re told!”
Two thoughts: 1) If anyone can be an actor, why are there so many aspiring actors who can’t get a break? 2) Nurses never protest? Really? Where do YOU live, random bloggers? (And I’m not saying they don’t deserve to go on strike… I’m just saying it happens. And often for more than a day. You know why? Because sometimes, strikes improve working conditions!)
Today, actor David Boreanaz (Agent Booth on Bones) apparently couldn’t resist mocking Fillion at a Comic Con panel, joking, “I want to work four days, not five.” Regardless of whether Fillion’s mini-strike was professional or not, and regardless of whether or not his request was reasonable, I felt this comment was particularly unprofessional… and stupid. It immediately made me think, “Gosh, David Boreanaz. Maybe if you weren’t working so much you could spend more time with your family. And then you wouldn’t be screwing around on your pregnant wife or getting sued for sexual harassment.” (All of which, I recognize, could easily have happened whether Boreanaz works 10 or 100 hours a week. But still. Glass houses and throwing stones and all that.)
And then I thought: why do we, as a culture, tend to put so much stock behind shutting up and doing what we’re told at work? In working long, ridiculous hours without complaint? What IS the virtue in working so much… especially since, the more we feel chained to our desk, the more likely we are to fritter away our time playing Candy Crush or checking email? In my mind, vacation is a good thing. Paid sick leave is a necessity. And American society wouldn’t actually suffer if we all got to spend a little more time with our family and friends.
But as Dennis Miller used to say, “Of course, that’s just my opinion. I could be wrong.”
What do you all think?