According to DowntownWilmington.com a group of members from the American Federation of Musicians protested outside one of the filming locations Friday afternoon. The main problem the musicians have is that Marvel makes “millions of dollars in tax incentives” from filming in North Carolina. They feel that the company takes care of all the crew members and stars, but they leave the musicians out. This comment came from a group spokesperson:
The Avengers, budgeted at $200 million – as is Iron Man 3 – grossed nearly $1.5 billion in worldwide box office revenue less than a month after its release. Disney’s assets stood at $74 billion in 2011 with reported net income of $4.8 billion on revenue of $40 billion. Disney acquired Marvel in 2009 for $4.24 billion. Disney CEO Bob Iger earned $50 million in 2011.
The group says the company takes taxpayer money and takes care of everyone but the musicians. The group calls Marvel’s actions unfair and un-American.
This isn’t too big of a surprise, a boycott happened when The Avengers was filming but nothing really happened with it. Adoption advocates also called for a boycott after the movie’s premiere due to Thor’s line saying Loki was adopted. The group is trying to make noise because of something they find unfair. That’s admirable, but I don’t expect a whole lot to happen. What do you think of the boycott?
Source : Downtown Wilmington
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