SAG Stopped Production On Scott Baio and Kristy Swanson’s Latest Movie Due To COVID-19 Protocol Violations
Hollywood just went back to work and already, a big name studio production starring a proudly conservative actor and a shrieking dinosaur has been told to halt all filming for failing to adhere to COVID-19 protocols and violating child actor laws. Of course, I’m talking about the future family classic Courting Mom and Dad starring Trump lovin’ Kristy Swanson and nobody’s favorite 80s dinosaur Scott Baio, which appears to have been primarily shot in Scott’s driveway.
According to Deadline SAG-AFTRA issued a statement telling guild members to “withhold any acting services or performance of any covered work” until further notice. SAG claims that the production violated “LA County Health Orders and SAG-AFTRA protocols in connection with COVID-19 as well as California regulations related to minor performers.” TooFab adds:
The labor union’s statement also noted that members who accept employment on the film may face “disciplinary action” as it “may be considered a violation of Global Rule One.”
Global Rule One, which was enacted in 2002, states: “No member shall render any services or make an agreement to perform services for any employer who has not executed a basic minimum agreement with the union, which is in full force and effect, in any jurisdiction in which there is a SAG-AFTRA national collective bargaining agreement in place.”
Deadline added that SAG-AFTRA didn’t elaborate on their decision to issue the “do not work order” for “Courting Mom & Dad.”
Scott posted some pictures from the set last week, one showing his daughter Bailey Baio (Hey, maybe their golden retriever is named Rebecca), who is in the movie, getting tested for COVID-19.
Back on set. All cast and crew got tested and cleared to work! My daughter is working today, as I'm just a "stage dad" today….I work later in the week with @KristySwansonXO. Now, I know how my father felt. He was on set every single day that I ever worked. 😉👍 pic.twitter.com/gS9ZkTSxAL
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) June 10, 2020
Oh! Hey Chachi. So this is what you do? There is something deeply unsettling about Scott being a stage dad considering the allegations that he molested his own child co-star on the set of Charles In Charge. I wonder if these photos acted as a tip-off for SAG because Scott’s obviously way too cool to wear a mask.
The guidelines set by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health include “health checks for all vendors and employees when they arrive on set, social distancing protocols, the designation of a workplace COVID-19 Compliance Officer (C19CO) and “regular, periodic” testing of the cast and crew.” Additionally, “all cast and crew must wear cloth face coverings when they are in contact with others, ‘unless the production activity does not allow for the wearing of a face covering.’” I’m pretty sure Scott can perform the essential function of trolling randos on Twitter while wearing a mask. Needless to say, Scott and Kristy are livid and consider the move a #hitjob against Hollywood conservatives.
, @DEADLINE,I'm still waiting 4ur https://t.co/W45GfMkF5R's been 26hrs.Why didn't u contact me or @KristySwansonXO 4 a statement since u happily used our names 4 a "clickbait" headline?Biased much?Did u know Kristy & I had already wrapped this film when this happened? @sagaftra https://t.co/H2d5i7O7xV
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) June 17, 2020
Hi @sagaftra, despite effort to disguise, looks like you’re engaging in a #BLACKLIST of performers. I thought those lessons were learned in the mid-20th century. Do you need Kristy to sign a loyalty agreement? 🤷🏻♀️ https://t.co/JPauKj2aHb
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) June 17, 2020
Apart from the COVID-19 protocol infractions, we don’t know what the violations were regarding the child actors, but it looks like there might have been an issue with the required on-set teacher.
A studio teacher is also known as a #SocialWorker when school is not is session. A social worker is required by the State & SAG to be on set to look after the actors that are minors. Why didn’t the social worker report to their job? 🤔 https://t.co/jl8r0C8GM3
— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) June 17, 2020
Ah yes, social worker is right up there with Ponzi scheme broker when it comes to amoral occupations. Maybe the social worker just didn’t want to get sprayed with Baio spittle. The film’s production company, Revenge Movies LLC, has not yet responded to this mess. So it looks Courting Mom and Dad where “three children seek the help of an eccentric personal injury attorney in order to stop their parents’ imminent divorce,” may not make the deadline to be eligible for the Academy Awards this year. And just so I’m not accused of being biased against conservative Hollywood, here’s a recent masterpiece written and directed by Kristy herself.
— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) June 14, 2020
Pic: Revenge Movies via IMDB