Stephen Amell Clarifies Controversial Anti-Strike Comments

The actor known for Heels and Arrow posts an update on Instagram.

The actor known for Heels and Arrow posts an update on Instagram.

Stephen Amell Clarifies Strike Comments

Stephen Amell, known for Heels and Arrow, clarifies controversial comments he made about the strike recently while attending the Galaxycon in Raleigh, NC.

Amell told the crowd the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike is “myopic,” “incredibly frustrating” and a “reductive negotiating tactic.”

“I support my union, I do, and I stand with them, but I do not support striking, I don’t,” he said. “I think it is a reductive negotiating tactic, and I find the entire thing incredibly frustrating. And I think the thinking as it pertains to shows like the show that I’m on [Heels], that premiered last night, I think it’s myopic.”

Now Stephen Amell has taken to Instagram to offer an update and clarify that his comments came out of context.

“Understandably, there has been a lot of reaction to the comments I made this weekend about our strike. To ensure there is no misunderstanding about my thoughts and intentions I’m providing what I actually said and clarity/context to ensure my feelings aren’t unintentionally misinterpreted. We all know soundbites can be taken out of context and I have too much respect for my fellow union members to not clarify the record,” posted Amell.

Amell added, “My support is unconditional and I stand with them” and said, ” I understand fundamentally why we’re here. My off the cuff use of the word “support” is clearly contradictory to my true feelings and my emphatic statement that I stand with my union. Of course I don’t like striking. Nobody does. But we have to do what we have to do.”

Amell also said, “I’m an actor and I was speaking extemporaneously for over an hour. I emote, but I certainly don’t think these issues are simple. Our leadership has an incredibly complicated job and I am grateful for all that they do. Despite some of my terrible early acting work, I assure you, I’m not a robot. From an intellectual perspective, I understand why we are striking, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t emotionally frustrating on many levels for all involved.”

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