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SAG Pres. Melissa Gilbert on passing of former SAG President Ronald Reagan (barf alert)
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) ^ | 6/7/04 | Melissa Gilbert

Posted on 06/07/2004 11:45:32 AM PDT by Wolfstar

Los Angeles, CA (June 5, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) President Melissa Gilbert issued the following statement on the death of former President Ronald Reagan, who served as president of SAG from 1947 to 1952 and again from 1959 to 1960:

"Ronald Reagan presided over Screen Actors Guild at one of the most challenging moments in our union's history, as the rise of television significantly impacted the compensation and working conditions for the nation's screen actors. Under his tenure, SAG grew significantly in size and influence as the Guild tackled issues ranging from runaway production, to fair compensation, to unity in an increasingly complex industry – all issues that remain timely to working actors today.

"It can be said that Ronald Reagan got his start in politics at Screen Actors Guild. He served as president of the union twice, from 1947 to 1952 and again from 1959 to 1960. While President Reagan's politics grew conservative over the years and, at times, at odds with the nation's labor movement, there can be no question that he devoted years of his life to advancing the wages, benefits and working conditions of his fellow actors. He leaves behind an enduring legacy to this industry, as he does to the country as a whole. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today."


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Notice that Gilbert couldn't resiste taking a slap at RWR's conservatism. Also notice how cold and grudging the tone of the statment is. I think, after President Reagan is buried, we FReepers ought to pour out our feelings about modern-day Hollywood in letters and emails to SAG.
1 posted on 06/07/2004 11:45:33 AM PDT by Wolfstar
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To: Wolfstar

Is this the woman from Little House on the Prairie?


2 posted on 06/07/2004 11:47:37 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: My2Cents; onyx; Howlin; PhiKapMom; Joe Hadenuf

I've been waiting all weekend for some kind of acknowledgement of RWR's passing from SAG. This pathetic, grudging couple of paragraphs is the best they can do.


3 posted on 06/07/2004 11:47:45 AM PDT by Wolfstar (He slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God. Thank you President Reagan.)
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To: Wolfstar
Where's the slap?

Also, she is a conservative republican.

4 posted on 06/07/2004 11:47:57 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: Wolfstar

I think you're being a little hard on Melissa, IMO.


5 posted on 06/07/2004 11:48:39 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: cvq3842
Is this the woman from Little House on the Prairie?

Yes. She's the current president of SAG and a liberal Democrat, although she's married to Bruce Boxleitner, who is a Republican.

6 posted on 06/07/2004 11:48:52 AM PDT by Wolfstar (He slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God. Thank you President Reagan.)
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To: Wolfstar

She's a conservative.


7 posted on 06/07/2004 11:49:07 AM PDT by PolitBase
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To: cvq3842

Yes she is.
http://imdb.com/name/nm0001271/


9 posted on 06/07/2004 11:49:36 AM PDT by Flashman_at_the_charge (A proud member of the self-preservation society.)
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To: cvq3842
Is this the woman from Little House on the Prairie?

Yes, she was the little empty-headed one.
10 posted on 06/07/2004 11:49:39 AM PDT by farmer18th
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To: Wolfstar

I missed the slap also. Seems like she stated facts to me. Is she really a conservative Republican? I don't really know where she stands.


11 posted on 06/07/2004 11:49:39 AM PDT by TXBubba (aka TXBubbette)
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To: Wolfstar
I think you're being ridiculous. This is a fine tribute from the union.

The death of the President has made some here on FR as sensitive as a kitten on Viagra.

12 posted on 06/07/2004 11:50:08 AM PDT by zarf
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To: Wolfstar
I don't see anything wrong or disrespectful in what she said. She's saying that Reagan, despite personal misgivings he may have had about the labor movement in general, did the job he was entrusted with as SAG president.
13 posted on 06/07/2004 11:50:13 AM PDT by Redcloak (My tagline was abducted by aliens and replaced with this exact duplicate.)
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To: Wolfstar

Last I checked she and her husband (B5's Bruce Boxleitner) were both conservatives.


14 posted on 06/07/2004 11:51:13 AM PDT by mhking (Am I supposed to grovel and do hail Marys now?)
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To: TXBubba

My research and search skills are not the best, but during the campaign for the SAG presidency she was fought tooth and nail because of her conservatism. Someone with the required skills should pull up the old threads about it.


15 posted on 06/07/2004 11:51:15 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: Phantom Lord
Actually, no, she's not. Her husband is a Republican. Here is the slap: "While President Reagan's politics grew conservative over the years and, at times, at odds with the nation's labor movement..." President Reagan died on Saturday morning. It took SAG until this morning to put those limp couple of paragraphs up on their website.
16 posted on 06/07/2004 11:51:24 AM PDT by Wolfstar (He slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God. Thank you President Reagan.)
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To: PolitBase

No, she's not.


18 posted on 06/07/2004 11:51:53 AM PDT by Wolfstar (He slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God. Thank you President Reagan.)
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To: cvq3842
Gilbert went thru her own hell with the SAG. It was in the early 90's when she was elected, but then refuted from actually taking her post. She was too conservative for Hollyweird. Her sttement is the best she could do without canibalism from the ranks kicking upstairs.

The SAG is a bunch of animals.

19 posted on 06/07/2004 11:51:55 AM PDT by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: Phantom Lord

I would be very pleased to hear that she is.


20 posted on 06/07/2004 11:51:59 AM PDT by TXBubba (aka TXBubbette)
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To: Wolfstar

Actually, I think her statement was right on. She's actually one of the more conservative members of that Hollywood union.


21 posted on 06/07/2004 11:51:59 AM PDT by ClintonBeGone (Take the first step in the war on terror - defeat John Kerry)
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To: Wolfstar
While President Reagan's politics grew conservative over the years and, at times, at odds with the nation's labor movement...

What part of this statement is not true? Reagan's politics did change and grow.

22 posted on 06/07/2004 11:52:11 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (Thank you for everything President Reagan.)
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To: TXBubba
I missed the slap also.

Conservative...at odds with the nation's labor movement...

Who says the Screen Actor's Guild gets to define the nation's labor movement. I own a business. I labor. I did very well under Reagan. Leftists slap you by making you take their assumptions for granted, something you missed.
23 posted on 06/07/2004 11:52:16 AM PDT by farmer18th
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To: Wolfstar
Yes. She's the current president of SAG and a liberal Democrat

You know this or you're just making crap up?

24 posted on 06/07/2004 11:52:44 AM PDT by ClintonBeGone (Take the first step in the war on terror - defeat John Kerry)
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To: Wolfstar
"While President Reagan's politics grew conservative over the years and, at times, at odds with the nation's labor movement..."

Thats not a slap, its a statement of fact. And yes, she is a conservative republican.

26 posted on 06/07/2004 11:53:07 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: Wolfstar

My conservatism has grown over the years also. I don't consider that a slap.


27 posted on 06/07/2004 11:53:09 AM PDT by TXBubba (aka TXBubbette)
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To: Flashman_at_the_charge

Nice cleavage shot. :)


28 posted on 06/07/2004 11:53:13 AM PDT by ClintonBeGone (Take the first step in the war on terror - defeat John Kerry)
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To: Phantom Lord

I'm with you that's not that bad.Not worthy of a barf anyway. maybe I'm just crusty from all the other crap I've seen


29 posted on 06/07/2004 11:53:14 AM PDT by bad company (free Khashayar)
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To: GSWarrior

I this this is just the kind of statment that President Reagan would have considered appropriate. It is short, accurate, and respectful.


30 posted on 06/07/2004 11:53:35 AM PDT by Jack of Diamonds
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To: GSWarrior

I this this is just the kind of statment that President Reagan would have considered appropriate. It is short, accurate, and respectful.


31 posted on 06/07/2004 11:53:39 AM PDT by Jack of Diamonds
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To: PolitBase

I saw her giving a speech some time ago, and I find it hard to believe she's a conservative.


32 posted on 06/07/2004 11:53:45 AM PDT by monkeywrench
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To: zarf
I think you're being ridiculous.

Fine! Then leave me to my ridiculousness and move on.

33 posted on 06/07/2004 11:54:38 AM PDT by Wolfstar (He slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God. Thank you President Reagan.)
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To: GSWarrior

Well June, the last time you stated that Ward was being a little hard on the Beaver. Now which is it?


34 posted on 06/07/2004 11:54:43 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: PolitBase
I don't think that she's a conservative. She did help with Jerry Doyle's campaign for Congress a few years ago. Jerry ran as a Republican. However, I think that she and her husband, Bruce Boxleitner, helped out of personal loyalty to Jerry. Boxleitner and Doyle were castmates on Babylon 5.
35 posted on 06/07/2004 11:55:19 AM PDT by Redcloak (My tagline was abducted by aliens and replaced with this exact duplicate.)
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To: Phantom Lord

Yep, real nasty infighting. She won, but wasn't allowed to take her seat. They bottled the whole thing up in courts for years. Kind of like that hag booted from the EROC who refused to comply with the rules. BTW, is she still on the payroll? Is that balance of term appointment lady still insane, refusing to let the new appointee take seat?


36 posted on 06/07/2004 11:56:15 AM PDT by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: Wolfstar

Wolfstar, I respect your wish to protect one of our nation's greatest presidents, but I think you are being a little too sensitive in this case. The tribute was glowing, but it wasn't an Danny Blubber attack, either.


37 posted on 06/07/2004 11:56:42 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (never surrender, this is for the kids)
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To: ClintonBeGone

(1) She is the current president of the Screen Actors Guild. Look it up. (2) She is a liberal Democrat. Her husband, Bruce Boxleitner, is a Republican. He has said a number of times in interviews that they don't discuss politics at home.


38 posted on 06/07/2004 11:56:44 AM PDT by Wolfstar (He slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God. Thank you President Reagan.)
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To: Wolfstar
Here is the slap: "While President Reagan's politics grew conservative over the years and, at times, at odds with the nation's labor movement..."

Reagan did grow more conservative over the years, and at times this did put him at odds with the nation’s labor movement.

Reagan himself made both those points when talking about his political growth.

39 posted on 06/07/2004 11:56:48 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: farmer18th

Thank you. At least someone gets it. I didn't expect the kind of hostility I see on this thread, or I wouldn't have put it up.


40 posted on 06/07/2004 11:58:17 AM PDT by Wolfstar (He slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God. Thank you President Reagan.)
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To: Wolfstar

I thought she was a Republican?


41 posted on 06/07/2004 11:59:37 AM PDT by No Dems 2004
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To: Phantom Lord

I also thought that Melissa Gilbert was a conservative Republican until I saw an interview with her husband Bruce Boxleitner. He said that HE is a conservative Republican and that his wife is a liberal Democat.


42 posted on 06/07/2004 11:59:48 AM PDT by wontbackdown
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To: Redcloak

She played Boxleitner's character's ressurected wife/alien on the show for a couple of episodes, and is a personal friend to some of the B5 actors, IIRC.


43 posted on 06/07/2004 11:59:57 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Wolfstar; All

None of this surprises me at all.

This is pretty much what I'd expect to read from the Screen Actors Guild.

In fact, there's nothing wrong with the text of the message at all. Reagan DID grow more conservative as many labor union headed (ideologically) in the opposite direction.

As head of the SAG, he DID do the things Melissa Gilbert credits him with.

Other than the fact that they could have issued the press release sooner, there's nothing wrong here.


44 posted on 06/07/2004 12:01:02 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: TXBubba; All
I don't see anything wrong with her statement.

FWIW, she appeared, along with her husband, at a benefit for Jerry Doyle (R) for Congress back in 2000. http://www.doyleforcongress.com/pastevent.html (Just a short way down the page.)

45 posted on 06/07/2004 12:01:03 PM PDT by admiralsn (Standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Wolfstar

Hostility?? or Debate??


If you post...Fr will comment.


46 posted on 06/07/2004 12:02:58 PM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: Wolfstar

It's not that bad. You're being a tad touchy.


47 posted on 06/07/2004 12:02:59 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: dead
What we have here is the contrast in style and intellect of the pre-Clinton era and the post-Clinton era. We no longer accept brevity and one liners. Everything has to be all PC and coated with the syrup that satisfies the mob.

I miss the old days when Johnny Carson ruled and the public was a whole bunch gall-dang smarter.

48 posted on 06/07/2004 12:03:05 PM PDT by blackdog (I feed the sheep the coyotes eat)
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To: Phantom Lord

She was described as both a moderate and a republican in the thread titles.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?SX=40c4badf5c5143a3f684518d2ba2162c726d7b61;m=any;o=score;q=deep;s=Melissa%20Gilbert;t=980347


49 posted on 06/07/2004 12:03:36 PM PDT by wmichgrad
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To: dead
Don't you get it, Dead? The "while" is like an apology for acknowledging the man's passing, for heaven's sake! It took them two days to put up anything. Then, when they finally do, it says that he did good things for working actors — even though he turned conservative.

Maybe my problem is that I take words literally and always have.

50 posted on 06/07/2004 12:03:48 PM PDT by Wolfstar (He slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God. Thank you President Reagan.)
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