A California union of musicians denounced the pro-transgender TV show “Transparent” Tuesday for alleged unequal treatment of composers.
“Transparent” chronicles a family whose father decides to transition to a woman. The Amazon-produced show has been highly praised for its message of tolerance and acceptance and has since won two Golden Globes and multiple prime-time Emmys. The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) said the show’s production has been mistreating its musicians.
“Musicians are the only workers being treated differently, and we don’t think that’s right,” AFM Local 47 President John Acosta said in a statement. “We aren’t asking for huge wage increases, or extravagant bonuses. All we want is to be offered a fair contract in line with the industry standard.”
Local 47 said actors, writers, directors and crew receive union wages and benefits but musicians don’t. Musicians are some of the few people working on the show who are not covered by a union contract. Local 47 has launched an organizing campaign that has already begun accumulating support from other labor groups.
The TV program currently has two composers but often uses other musicians as well, the Los Angeles Times reported. Musicians were hired to help the composers at times and bands have appeared periodically on screen. The show is currently in its second year, but it has already been renewed for a third season.
Local 47 and other labor groups have already begun launching protest against the studio. Amazon Studios did not respond to a request for comment by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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