More On That ‘Black Swan’ Intern Suit


I haven’t commented much on the story about unpaid interns suing Fox Searchlight pictured for back wages on work they did on The Black Swan, mostly because the whole thing seemed stupid. However, since today’s theme seems to be stupidity with Hank Williams and a Texts From Last Night TV show, I guess I can find something to say about this. For those of you unfamiliar with the suit, here’s the background on it, via the NY Times:

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, claims that Fox Searchlight Pictures, the producer of “Black Swan,” had the interns do menial work that should have been done by paid employees and did not provide them with the type of educational experience that labor rules require in order to exempt employers from paying interns.

“Fox Searchlight’s unpaid interns are a crucial labor force on its productions, functioning as production assistants and bookkeepers and performing secretarial and janitorial work,” the lawsuit says. “In misclassifying many of its workers as unpaid interns, Fox Searchlight has denied them the benefits that the law affords to employees.” Workplace experts say the number of unpaid internships has grown in recent years, in the movie business and many other industries. Some young people complain that these internships give an unfair edge to the affluent and well connected.

First off, plaintiff, I don’t think you understand how unpaid internships work? The only ‘learning’ and ‘connecting’ you do is in the form of kissing ass in the hopes that some higher-up with a huge ego will take you on as his pet project and help you climb the ladder even though you’re an idiotic, talentless, hack. Other than that, unpaid intern, you are a white slave whose sole existence is to perform menial tasks. I know you think that you’re the next Coppola , if only someone would give you the chance, but if you wanted to get paid you should have tried to get a job as a grip. Also, who knew that the rich and well-connected got a leg up in life? Anyone?

Anyways, it looks like these claims may be even weaker, if that were possible, since the interns may not have been working for Fox Searchlight:

Now that we have had a chance to review this suit, it is clear that these are completely meritless claims aimed solely at getting press coverage for the litigants and their attorneys. These interns were not even retained by Fox Searchlight and, in fact, were working for the production company that made Black Swan well before Fox Searchlight even acquired its rights in the film. These individuals were never employed as interns or retained in any capacity by Fox Searchlight, which has a proud history of supporting and fostering productive internships.

I can barely muster up a dismissive wank for this whole affair. Yes, unpaid internships are unfair, but everyone with a pulse knows that. Taking one and then suing because your tasks were too menial is stupid. Just enjoy the fact that you got a chance to work on a movie which features Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis making out. I know I would have never stopped talking about that.


Posted on October 4, 2011, in Douchebags, Quality Programming and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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