Ruby Rose slams Hollywood actors defying Halloween costume ban amid ongoing strike

Australian actress Ruby Rose has backed SAG-AFTRA’s request to ban TV- and movie-inspired Halloween costumes this year amid the ongoing writers’ strike in Hollywood.

The SAG-AFTRA board, the union representing striking Hollywood actors, last week posted a digital flyer on its website urging members to avoid dressing up as characters from TV and movies affected by the strike.

That means, dressing up as popular characters such as Barbie, Wednesday Addams and Spider-Man is prohibited. Instead, members were encouraged to dress as “generalised characters and figures (ghost, zombie, spider).”

While many big-name stars such as Ryan Reynolds and Mandy Moore have slammed the unusual request, which now appears to have been deleted from the SAG-AFTRA website, Rose has showed her support for the union as she too believes costumes and character likeness are vital aspects of the strike.

“I have second hand embarrassment from the actors who have spoken out against @SAFAFTRA over Halloween costumes … pull it together and get to the picket line,” the former Batwoman star began in a series of Instagram Stories.

“The future of the entertainment industry is on the line. For most members, the email from SAG was unnecessary, it was a given.”

Rose – who returned to Australia this year after living in LA for a decade – then went on to slam the media’s coverage of the flyer, saying it “intentionally misrepresented” the request as a way to undermine the union.

“We actors are on strike, this means we are not promoting the companies (billion dollar conglomerate studios) in which we are engaged in a strike with. It’s very simple),” she wrote.

In her post, the star also claimed Halloween has become a “promotional tool” for studios, so actors should not promote them further.

In a parting shot, she then told her counterparts to rethink their Halloween costumes if it does not meet the guidelines.

“Oh, and if you are a SAG member and need to change costumes now but don’t have loads of money to buy one … because.. you know … strike,” she began.

“You can get a free T-shirt when you head to the picket line, make a sign at home and be Halloween ready as the much cooler ‘Badass Actor on strike.’”

Deadpool’s Reynolds and This Is Us star Moore do not have the same views as Rose or SAG-AFTRA.

“Is this a joke? Come on @sagaftra. This is what’s important? We’re asking you to negotiate in good faith on our behalf,” Moore wrote on her Instagram story.

“So many folks across every aspect of this industry have been sacrificing mightily for months. Get back to the table and get a fair deal so everyone can get back to work.”

Meanwhile, Reynolds mocked the union on X, formerly Twitter, joking about scolding his eldest daughter, James, over her Halloween costume.

“I look forward to screaming ‘scab’ at my 8 year old all night,” he tweeted, referring to the term for a union member who breaks strike rules or crosses picket lines.

“She’s not in the union but she needs to learn.”

Former SAG-AFTRA president and actress Melissa Gilbert also criticised the request.

“THIS is what you guys come up with?” she wrote on Instagram.

“Literally no one cares what anyone wears for Halloween. I mean, do you really think this kind of infantile stuff is going to end the strike? We look like a joke.”

“For the love of God, people are suffering mightily and this is what you have to say…c’mon. This is the kind of silly bulls**t that keeps us on strike. ‘Let’s enact a policy that makes us look petty and incompetent at the same time,’” she concluded with a quote from current SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher.

After the backlash, SAG-AFTRA issued a statement explaining the move and clarifying the rules does not apply to members’ children.

“SAG-AFTRA issued Halloween guidance in response to questions from content creators and members about how to support the strike during this festive season,” the statement read, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“This was meant to help them avoid promoting struck work, and it is the latest in a series of guidelines we have issued. It does not apply to anyone’s kids.”

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