Seth Rogen has thrown his support behind the striking writers and slammed the streaming services for using artificial intelligence to write TV shows and hiding their profits.Embed from Getty Images
The funnyman, who stars in the new Apple TV+ series Platonic with Rose Byrne, spoke out at the show’s premiere last week and revealed his frustration with the lack of transparency from the streaming platforms.
He told IndieWire: “I’m personally very disturbed and distressed by the lack of information that I personally get from these streaming services that we have films and television shows on.”
He added: “I only assume they’re being secretive because they don’t want to let us know how much money they’re making off us and how little of that money they’re giving to us.”
The Superbad star also expressed his horror at the idea of artificial intelligence writing TV shows, which is one of the fears of the Writers Guild of America, who have been on strike since May 2 over wages and benefits.
He said: “I think the prospect of artificial intelligence writing things is horrifying…and the fact that they seem to be digging in on [it] is more horrifying.”
He joked: “You’d have to shove a lot of weed in that thing [for it to write good TV].”Embed from Getty Images
He also praised the labor unions for standing up for the workers’ rights and said he was always in favor of every strike that they can go on.
He said: “Studios will never act fairly or equitably without being forced to.”
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