Nearly two weeks after Gabrielle Carteris beat Matthew Modine to be re-elected as president of SAG-AFTRA, the behind-the-scenes drama on the actors union continues.
On Sunday, Modine’s marketing campaign spokesman Adam Nelson apologized for retweeting an obvious loss of life menace towards Carteris, each on his Twitter account and that of Modine’s Membership First get together.
“We sincerely apologize for a retweet which was carried out in error and is expressly not a shared opinion. The retweet has since been undone,” Nelson wrote. “#MembershipFirst affirmatively advocates solely nonviolent protest of any election violations by Ms. Carteris.”
The authentic tweet, from actress and Modine supporter Daria Rumi, included the message “Let’s eliminate her as soon as and for all! #Gabrielle Carteris” accompanied by a GIF from “Scarface” of Al Pacino wielding a high-powered rifle blowing away a squad of males behind a door.
— Daria Rumi (@daria_rumi) September 7, 2019
“We are aware of the threat in question and we take this kind of conduct seriously,” SAG-AFTRA nationwide government director David White mentioned in a press release. “We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior. This kind of activity can trigger tremendous fear and apprehension in our unique environment as many of our members have direct experience with being stalked and threatened during their careers. In an era of heightened scrutiny over threats in the workplace and public settings, we take each and every threat seriously and will respond aggressively to protect our members and employees.”
The management of Carteris’ Unite for Strength get together and the affiliated USAN issued a press release of their very own: “To say that we are shocked and appalled is an understatement. They have broken trust and forsaken the personal safety of a SAG-AFTRA member volunteer to score political points. Regardless of any attempted damage control after the fact, it is simply inexcusable that a campaign would ever consider promoting this incitement of violence. Especially at a time in our country when the threat of gun violence is all too real.”
The assertion concluded: “We will not back down in the face of hate. This is further proof of how important our union is to protecting the health, well-being, and safety of all members.”
In an electronic mail to TheWrap, Rumi mentioned that she deliberate to “clarify everything with the Union” however declined to remark additional.
Reps for Modine and Membership First didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Late final month, the “Beverly Hills 90210” star received re-election as SAG-AFTRA president following a bitter marketing campaign during which she and Modine — and their respective events — traded accusations of impropriety.
Carteris received 44% of the 30,837 votes solid (or 13,537), the union mentioned, whereas Modine received 35% (or 10,682). In addition, “The Practice” star Camryn Manheim was elected as secretary-treasurer with 52% of the ballots solid (16,047 votes).
Carteris’ Unite for Strength has been accountable for the Screen Actors Guild since 2009, with Carteris changing into president in 2016 after the loss of life of then-guild chief Ken Howard. The get together oversaw the guild’s merger with AFTRA in 2012, however the group’s pragmatic, closed-doors strategy to negotiations with studios and networks has been criticized by the Membership First get together, on which Modine campaigned with a slate that included actors Ed Asner, Neve Campbell, Elliott Gould and Rob Schneider.
Rosemary Rossi contributed to this report.
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