WGAE picketers say: Let it snow
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Sleet and driving snow might have made the WGA East's picketing Thursday in Times Square an unpleasant exercise, but it didn't stop the resolve of the striking writers.
More than 200 writers and college students who support them walked the line, many carrying signs instead of umbrellas, as sleet rained down upon them on the block in front of the 1515 Broadway headquarters of Viacom. The near-freezing temperatures might not have been the coldest or the windiest the writers have faced in their six weeks of protests in the New York weather, but it was the first time that snow came into the mix.
Talking to several writers on the line, all made it clear that they wanted the other side to know that the recent developments at the negotiating table nor the weather isn't going to diminish their resolve.
"So much for division in the ranks. The worst weather of the year so far and it's the biggest picket of the year," said Warren Leight, executive producer and head writer of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." Leight pointed to the turnout as an example of the solidarity of the writers.
"You see everyone's out: rain, snow, sleet," said Sheryl Zohn, a West Coast guild member and writer for Showtime's "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" "It's important for all of us to come out here. A little weather never killed anyone."
Justin Stangel and his brother Eric are the head writers of the "Late Show With David Letterman." Justin said that Letterman's writers haven't failed to show up every day of the protest and a little snow wasn't going to stop him either. He also said that he drove about an hour from his home in upstate New York to picket and that everyone was willing to make sacrifices for the cause.
"If you're in it, you're in it. You don't pick when you go," he said. "You don't look at the thermometer before you go. You do what you have to do."