The actress responded in kind to Netflix that she had used a frame from Grey’s Anatomy for one of her memes.
Ellen Pompeo she lashed out at Netflix in defense of actors’ rights and in support of the strike called by SAG-AFTRA.
The Grey’s Anatomy star attacked Netflix after the streaming giant posted a meme depicting Meredith Gray’s character with a stern look, accompanied by the caption: “Me when there is a (bomb) in the chest cavity“. (reference is to a Season 2 episode where the show’s doctors treat a patient who has a bomb stuck in his chest).
Pompeo replied on Instagram, reposting the meme in one of her stories and adding her own caption: “Me when (Netflix) doesn’t pay residual fees to actors“.
Pompeo’s comments refer to heated negotiations that failed and led to the SAG-AFTRA strike, with actors on Netflix shows claiming they were paid pennies in residual compensation, even though their show turned out to be a hit. Here is our insight into the actors’ strike.
SAG strike: the studios wanted to use the digital image of the actors without paying a cent
Grey’s Anatomy, in fact, is also available on the Netflix catalog, but the streamer does not pay the transmission rights and does not pay the residual fees to the actors; these would only come from the show’s producers, in this case ABC Studios, which licenses Grey’s to Netflix.