Mutant Enemy Day was a gathering of writers, actors and fans of Joss Whedon's shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly in order to show support for the Writer's Guild of America strike that took place during the end of 2007.
This colourful group walked the picket line in front of the 20th Century Fox Lot, the studio who have produced all of Whedon's TV series, on December 7, 2007.
Mutant Enemy alumni in attendance were: Tim Minear, Steve DeKnight, Rebecca Kirshner, David Fury, Jane Espenson, Ben Edlund, Marti Noxon, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Eliza Dushku, Felicia Day, Juliet Landau, the Feldman twins and, of course, Joss Whedon (non exhaustive list).
IGN talked to Joss Whedon, Summer Glau and Eliza Dushku about the strike, in an article published on December 10, 2007. Here are excerpts from the interview:
Summer Glau told me her presence there that day began with an email from Whedon, which she said "Was a very funny email, like it always is. He writes great emails… he's an amazing writer! Even his emails are brilliant." Glau added "I didn't know quite what to picture. I just knew that he was going to be here. So I was surprised the huge, huge crowd that showed up today."
Glau said that stopping production on her new series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has "been heartbreaking. No one wants to stop working. We love what we do. This is just a necessary step for us. We'll support the writers as long as they are striking." Glau noted she had been glad to see fans showing such understanding about the strike, saying "I think everyone's been really positive and hopeful and it's wonderful to see how many people showed up to support us."
Eliza Dushku also told me she was glad to see so many fans joining the writers and actors on the picket line, remarking "I think it's impressive and it's strong and it's really showing what these people are made of. Their support is deep that they'll walk the walk. We all will." Duskhu said that for her the strike was about the writers "Being taken care of properly in the fairest way, so we'll stand here and support that as long as it takes."
IGN TV: If you did encounter someone saying "I just want my shows back!", what would you say to them?
Joss Whedon: No fan is saying that. The people who sit in front of the TV because they can't figure out what else to do might be saying that. Fans are not saying that. Fans are getting on the internet and showing support and coming to this rally and organizing in a way that I wish I could ever. Fans are the people who really, absolutely get it. And so not one of them has ever said to me "I'm upset that I'm not going to get to see your shows because of the strike." They say "Get what you need. Do what you have to. Make it right. And then we'll get the show."
Read the full article at IGN
On the same topic, you can read the following Blogposts: Writers Strike 2007