SAG-AFTRA Head Fran Drescher's Strike Speech Over "Ether" Beat Goes Viral

For the first time in 43 years, SAG-AFTRA has gone on strike, joining the Writers Guild of America.

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With Hollywood in turmoil, Nas and The Nanny is pop culture crossover we need right now.

When SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher delivered an impassioned speech at a press conference Thursday, where she announced the union's decision to go on strike, she was praised for her fiery critique of Hollywood bigwigs.

A snippet of Drescher's speech, where she takes aim at the studios and the salaries of its CEOs, while also defending their right to strike in pursuit of a fair deal was particularly making the rounds.

SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher: "How they plead poverty that they are losing money left and right when they give $100 millions to their CEOs."

“If we don’t stand tall right now, we are all going to be in jeopardy of being replaced by machines”

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 13, 2023
Twitter: @Phil_Lewis_

It wasn't long before that viral clip got the mashup treatment, when Twitter user @DijahSB set the clip to the beat from Nas' legendary diss track "Ether."

I got you fam!

SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher giving her speech over the Ether beat! 🎤

— ɳick 💆🏽‍♂️ (@Creat1ve) July 13, 2023
Twitter: @Creat1ve

Not only does the choice of instrumental go well with the speech, the beat seems to set the tone of the point that Fran is trying to drive home. The clip even received a co-sign from Community star Yvette Nicole Brown.

Liiiisten… the ether beat is appropriate. @frandrescher was like, “Naw, son!” 😂🙌🏾❤️💫 #UnionStrong

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) July 13, 2023
Twitter: @YNB

So while Hollywood may be on the brink of collapse, but this is a win for us regular folk.

Check out Drescher's speech in its entirety below.

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