No Minimum Wage for Lena Dunham’s Warm-Up Acts

 

Actress Lena Dunham, a big supporter of President Obama, is embarking on an elaborate book tour, which will feature warm-up acts chosen from an open casting-call via video. From the New York Times:

Three of the videos were disturbing, but the rest were super awesome,” Ms. Dunham said, adding that she spent several hours screening the auditions in bed.

Apparently these performers will not be paid. “Performing free of charge” is how the Times puts it. About which, Gawker offers this analysis:

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As one reader of the Gawker piece put it: “It’s amazing how lax some fairly liberal people can get with minimum wage laws when it comes to their own hires.” Yes, it is amazing how people promote certain issues in the abstract, but act quite differently in their own lives — especially when they have to dig into their own pockets. Another example might be, say, celebrities who march against global warming but show up to protests in a yacht. Then again, perhaps Dunham is actually an opponent of the minimum wage and favors rather an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit or other wage subsidy. I doubt it, but will certainly update this post if that turns out to be the case.

There are 7 comments.

  1. James Gawron Thatcher

    James,

    As for Ms Dunham, where is Dean Vernon Wormer when we need him?

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • September 29, 2014, at 12:02 PM PDT
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  2. Songwriter Member

    Good intentions and political correctness are all that matter. Ms. Dunham almost certainly doesn’t even see the dissonance between her words and her actions. After all, she cares about others. She supports Obama. That’s what matters.

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    • September 29, 2014, at 12:11 PM PDT
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  3. Misthiocracy secretly Member

    Like.

    • #3
    • September 29, 2014, at 1:44 PM PDT
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  4. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    There’s a sucker born every minute, and she will draw thousands.

    • #4
    • September 29, 2014, at 5:36 PM PDT
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  5. Dave of Barsham Member

    RushBabe49:There’s a sucker born every minute, and she will draw thousands.

    We talking flies or people?

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    • September 30, 2014, at 2:27 AM PDT
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  6. Misthiocracy secretly Member

    James Pethokoukis: As one reader of the Gawker piece put it: “It’s amazing how lax some fairly liberal people can get with minimum wage laws when it comes to their own hires.”

    Or:

    “Reinventing oneself as a champion of the working man is the easiest way to avoid becoming one.” – Jack Dunphy

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    • September 30, 2014, at 8:18 AM PDT
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  7. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    And remember the many stories of big unions mightily resisting the unionization efforts of their own employees.

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    • September 30, 2014, at 11:35 AM PDT
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