Joely Fisher Had Words For SAG’s New President Fran Drescher

September 7, 2021 / Posted by:

It’s really too bad these two hate each other so much because come on – look at the hair, the body, and the lethal levels of charm that radiate from these two. They’d be perfect for a sassy Las Vegas nightly double act. But as mentioned, Joely Fisher and Fran Drescher aren’t exactly work pals, as Joely Fisher has recently made it perfectly clear she does not like the words: “SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher.

Gabrielle Carteris’ five-year run as SAG-AFTRA president came to a close last week when members of Hollywood’s actor’s union SAG-AFTRA voted for a new president and secretary-treasurer. Representing the Unite for Strength party was presidential hopeful Fran Drescher and her running mate, aspiring secretary-treasurer Anthony Rapp. The Membership First party saw Matthew Modine vying for the role of president, with his running mate being Eddie Fisher and Connie Steven’s daughter, Joely Fisher. And there was entirely too much drama for a boring ol’ union election. Matthew Modine threatened to sue Fran for defamation unless she took back an allegation that his Membership First party was playing dirty and broke some election rules. It gets messier. Fran received the most votes and was elected president of the union, by a tally of 52.5% to 47.5%. But her running mate Anthony Rapp got left behind, getting fewer votes than Matthew’s running mate. Joely Fisher was elected secretary-treasurer on a margin of 57.7% to 42.3%. You don’t have to pull out a crystal ball to predict whether or not the tension at their first SAG-AFTRA meeting will be thick enough to require bisection with a mining saw. Especially since Joely’s campaign as secretary-treasurer included talking shit about Fran. via Variety:

In an interview with Variety last month, Fisher argued that Drescher lacked the experience on union matters to hold the top job.

“Fran Drescher is a shiny object,” Fisher said. “She’s an accomplished human being. She’s a survivor. She’s talented. She’s a producer. She’s a lot of things. Should she be leading the union? Absolutely not.”

She’s not wrong about style icon Fran Drescher being something of a shiny object, but please show some respect. That shiny object also successfully won the heart of former Slovetzian dictator Boris Pochenko.

Variety says that Fran ran on a campaign of “positivity and optimism,” and she has acknowledged that she didn’t exactly have the longest resume when it came to the work experience needed to run a union:

Drescher addressed that criticism in a Unite for Strength town hall on Zoom, citing her decades of activism and charitable work on issues like cancer and sexual violence.

“What I don’t know, I promise you I will learn very quickly, and what I do know cannot be taught,” she said.

Fran released the following statement after her win was announced, and she called for all union members to unite:

“Together we will navigate through these troubled times of global health crisis and together we will rise up out of the melee to do what we do best, entertain and inform. Only as a united front will we have strength against the real opposition in order to achieve what we all want: more benefits, stronger contracts and better protections. Let us lock elbows and together show up with strength at the negotiating table!”

Joely Fisher released a statement after her win, and surprisingly she didn’t tell Fran to go back to her bridal shop in Flushing, Queens. But she did imply she wasn’t going to let Fran have an easy tenure as president:

Fisher also said in her statement that it was time to “bridge the divide” in the union ranks.

“I will hold Fran Drescher to her promise to us to protect the members and put more money in our pockets through stronger contract negotiations,” Fisher said.

A good statement, but a little lacking in the pizazz department. Could Joely not have come through with something a little snappier, like she was known to do during her campaign? I’m not asking for too much attitude. Just something like, “What can you do? She has style, she has flair, she was there with the most votes, that’s how she became the president.


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