FACT CHECK: Are Celebrities Calling For A ‘Total Hollywood Strike’ Until Everyone Is Vaccinated?
A post shared on Facebook claims celebrities are calling for a “total Hollywood strike” until everyone is vaccinated.
There is no evidence for this claim. It stems from a website called “NewsPunch,” known for spreading misinformation.
Drug companies have declined to refund $1.4 billion for canceled doses as Covax, one company that purchased vaccinations, tries to alter agreements as demand declines, according to the New York Times. The House of Representatives passed a bill to block Health and Human Services from enforcing vaccine mandates at certain facilities, The Hill reported.
A Facebook post claims that celebrities are demanding a strike until everyone involved in making movies in Hollywood is vaccinated. The post features an article with an image of Jennifer Aniston and Sean Penn alongside a tweet from The Academy, the organization responsible for the Oscars.
“Celebrities Call For ‘Total Hollywood Strike’ Until Every Last Person Gets Jabbed,” the post reads. “A group of liberal Hollywood celebrities are threatening a ‘massive, all-round Hollywood strike’ until every last one of us is vaccinated.”
The claim is false. Check Your Fact found no credible news reports about such a strike happening. The claim comes from an article from NewsPunch, a website known for spreading misinformation, according to FactCheck.org and Mashable. (RELATED: No, Denzel Washington Did Not Say Hollywood Is ‘Drenched In Innocent Children’s Blood’)
This article references an alleged tweet from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, also known as the Academy. “We support Hollywood striking until EVERYONE is vaccinated,” the alleged tweet reads. Check Your Fact found no such tweet on the Academy’s verified Twitter account or archives of the page.
Unions in Hollywood are in talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in an effort to renew COVID-19 protocols, which could include vaccination requirements, according to Deadline.
This is not the first time misinformation about famous figures has circulated online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim Andrew Tate was found guilty and sentenced to 14 years in prison.