TO: Gabrielle Carteris – President, SAG-AFTRA
RE: Documenting more stuntwomen History.
Several months ago, after a meeting with
SAG to deliver my 75-page report, prior to
our contract negotiations on Stuntwomen
issues—–I asked SAG/AMPTP to please have an article written for their magazines,
denouncing the behavior of some of our
stuntmen/coordinators…..that they will not
tolerate or except their abuse of power. And,
to let them know they will be scrutinized
very closely from this day forth.
I have seen no such article in our last two
issues—-to give the reprimand and
warning….this behavior must stop.
So, I am prompted to do my own….
The blind eye must see…
The deaf ear needs to hear.
Rough times breeds rough words.
SAGAFTRA/AMPTP—please make the
tough call together.
Harassment training is but candle light,
and of course thank you for that. We need
the spot light to show up….and soon….
candle light will fade.
For stunt coordinators, here and abroad,
to be allowed to keep “pimping ” girls into
our profession for their personal physical
pleasure….and then passing them up to
Producers and Directors to maintain
<their> employment…..this is nothing short
of, and smacks of ” Sex Trafficking” .
The abuse of power is an abomination,
oppressive and disease ridden. Their days
in the hazy sun they have created to hide
their evil ways…are about to be over.
Silence implies consent and more.
Why do our Leaders just <do not> have the
<will> to make the tough changes we
desperately need for a better work place.
Oh sure, a Sag Rep. goes to the set if there
seems to be a problem, but, a stuntman/
coordinator…FYI…does not feel a slap on
the wrist—-they just defy it and goes on
their merry, heartless way…..never looking
back at their wake of destruction.
Only hefty fines will get their attention along
with a public shaming…just like the big boys
FOR THE RECORD
The stuntman/coordinator (you know who
you are) who stripped me naked in my
prime (as you did to others) skinned me and
burned me at the stake…then watched with
delight as my ashes fell to the ground—-
I guess I deserved that because I had to
blow the whistle on your drug abuse on the
set …because of a career ending injury to
myself and another stuntwoman, Jean Coulter.
You should have collected my ashes and
buried them in place of just pissing on them.
You didn’t take into consideration the wind
and how ashes can be carried (having too
much fun I guess). Well, they have landed
on this Industry and on your shoulder.
Never to be shaken away until you learn
common decency and it prevails, etc. etc.
FOR THE RECORD
For those who <think> they are the “real deal
stuntwomen” and are above reproach….think
again….you haven’t learned stuntmen are
“fickle beings”, just like some of you are.
Your silent voice will also come back to
haunt you. You need a few more life’s
lessons, more maturity and be less self-~
absorbed ….not to mention, you really have
not hit the ground enough to be respectful.
My female detractors, (I know exactly who
you are) you are nothing less than “Bandits”
with Sag Contracts coming out of every
orifice. You are a detriment and are stealing
from the “real deal stuntwoman”.
Your days are also numbered. Please take
a look in the mirror…all you will see is greed
and not the woman you could and should be.
A few of us have sacrificed everything to
make it better for you. Search the word…
As we now see…I am far from the only one
this abuse has happened too—the strong
one’s are stepping forward and soon a
brand new day….the sun will no longer be
covered with the haze of deception.
SAG/AMPTP….You want to avoid law suits?
You have to look no further than the stuntman
coordinator….this is the bane of our existence. All you have to do is take them out
behind the barn…one by one and teach them the proper manners that are lacking….and,
take away their SAG card for a few years….
for conduct unbecoming.
Together, you have the power and you must
use it. Also, you can no longer allow stuntmen to train our youth to keep their mouths shut if they want to work.
For those who say, “Gee, why is she saying this about us? We gave her a lot of work and made her who she was….one of the best!
Yes, you taught me well, however, your memory does not serve you well—-it was I
who helped make your careers by the stunts
I performed for you.
All the “real deal stuntwoman” wants is to do
great work for the Producer, Director, stunt
coordinator and actress she doubles….and
we have done that with one hand tied behind
our back. SAG/AMPTP…UNTIE OUR HAND
so we can do even greater stunts.
If you think this letter is too long for the
next magazine, then please think again and
give me a page. There is more rage waiting in
the wings if we don’t get help…and soon.
WANTS AND NEEDS
Our wants and needs can be put on one single
page….which will be handed to you sometime
after the Holidays. I ask you to find your hearts….you will find a little compassion and
insight will take you a long way.
RAMBLINGS…JUST ANOTHER SIDE AFFECT OF BLACKLISTING…
I can just hear some of you saying, “this
is just ramblings from an old has-been stuntwoman”.
Well, when you put one of the best in isolation
and never ending purgatory….all one has left is ramblings.
One day you will look back (if you are worth your salt) and say, “Gee, ole Johnson’s ramblings did make our lives better.”
“Gee, thank you Julie.”
You are very welcome….it was a pleasure to
serve you. All my focus and sacrifice was and
is to elevate you, “the real deal stuntwoman ” to the level and height you so deserve.
Now it is up to you. But, you must maintain
a clean house….you will get the respect that is paramount to your growth.
I will say “good-bye”, only when I know all your great potential is realized and you are
free to express.
I know this doesn’t have a chance in hell to make the magazine….but, it’s all about trying
and never giving up.
I am confident it will make the media at some
I pray you have peace, comfort and deep
reflection over the coming days.
Julie Ann Johnson
The Veteran Stuntwoman
PS; Again, don’t shoot the messenger….
I’ve already been shot…to be continued…
I say this respectfully to the majority who
“Stunts being done in the dressing room, the most these girls come away with is a STD”.
“There is a Pride of Ownership with the real deal Stuntwoman or there should be”