“I don’t take a piss without being paid”


Author alerted us to this fine rant by Harlan Ellison on the theme of, “Pay me, motherfuckers.”

Pull quote:

I should do a freebie for Warner Brothers? What, is Warner Brothers out with an eye patch and a tin cup in the street? Fuck no!

Comments

  1. Cerulean Spork says

    that wld be the harlan ellison who “jokingly” molested fellow worldcon presenter & hugo winner connie ellis in 2006, hm? author of such sexist gems as – to pick only 1 – A Boy & His Dog ??

    i too like getting paid 4 my art as much as the next fangirl but do NOT stand w harlan ellison even if they were handing out dubloons for doing so

  2. says

    He’s always been a character.

    No doubt Ellison’s expectation of getting paid is partly why his script for “I, Robot” (which Asimov approved of) was not used, and that crappy film was produced.

  3. Johnny Vector says

    Yeah, when he’s not grabbing Connie Willis’ boob, he can be fun to watch. “I’m not an asshole.” Yes you are, Harlan. Yes you are.

    And now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to To Say Nothing of the Dog.

  4. medivh says

    To be fair, he’s engaging in pretty much the same behaviour that he’s rousing on. DVD’s been out for 6 months and I haven’t gotten a freebie from the publisher? Where’s my freebies, that no-one else should have? It’s the way it’s done, and the way it’s always been!

    Just a little hypocritical if you ask me.

  5. leftwingfox says

    Where’s my freebies, that no-one else should have?

    “It’s a great portfolio piece”
    “Great, can I at least get a copy of the finished work?”
    “No.”

    That said, freebies are not typical in the production industry, oddly enough. I got a lot of free t-shirts for cartoons I worked on, but never a copy of the final episodes.

  6. zibble says

    I love this rant. I’ve lived this shit personally. People with a genuine love for their job and a real desire to contribute meaningfully to the culture get taken advantage of by assholes looking to make as big a profit as possible.

    I got a lot of free t-shirts for cartoons I worked on, but never a copy of the final episodes.

    Same here. The studio I’m working at now won’t even let us watch workprints of previous episodes. Like, we’re not even allowed to watch them off the director’s computer. I’m not like an inker or an inbetweener either, I’m a boarder – I’m helping to write the show, and the studio doesn’t think I should know what happened in the episode right before mine, they’re so controlling of their product.

    (also, nice to see a fellow animator <3)

  7. leftwingfox says

    zibble: Nice to see you too. 😀

    Whoa, that’s pretty messed up. I still have most of my working files, but no final scenes. Only one company was really strict about how and where we were allowed to post or work in our portfolios.

    I need to go on a buying spree to pick up copies of the series I’ve worked on someday.

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