Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Netflix headquarters in Hollywood on the first day of a historic strike in the industry. The strike was led by the actors' union SAG-AFTRA and centered around concerns over low pay and the threat of artificial intelligence (AI) taking over jobs. Despite the support of A-list actors such as George Clooney and Meryl Streep, many protesters were disappointed by the absence of Hollywood's biggest earners.
Signs and slogans called out stars like Ben Affleck, questioning their absence from the picket lines. The strikers argued that AI would take away their jobs and criticized streaming services for refusing to pay residuals. The lack of celebrity support drew criticism from some strikers, who accused the A-listers of merely paying lip service to the cause. The strike is expected to cause billions in lost revenue and may not end until the end of the year.