Letter to Editor – SAG Magazine

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.

 

FYI

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” .

INVESTIGATE.

 

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.

INVESTIGATE.

 

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

get.

 

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…

sacrifice.

 

#Me too

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.

 

GEE!

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.

 

SAGAFTRA

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.

 

(LOL)

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

point.

 

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…

 

 

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Jealousy

JEALOUSY
It is obvious that many
stuntwomen were never
taught when they were
young, that this is an
“emotion” that is not
allowed and will not
be tolerated.
It drains the soul, it grows
insecurities and breeds
contempt.
Someone will always come
along who is as good as you,
if not better than you.
You must respect that fact.
It may be too late for some
of you….and if you can’t
eliminate your jealousy…
your career should be short
lived because you are a detriment
to the “real deal stuntwoman “.
Not to mention what jealousy
will do to your health.
Julie Ann Johnson/Stuntwoman

Why? Because we can……

GLOBAL
                STUNTMEN/COORDINATORS
                               THEIR
                 CULTURE AND THEIR CREED
1.  YES…..Some of us will rape or attempt
                  too rape you if the opportunity
                  is right.
2.  YES…..We will harass and bully you when
                  the opportunity presents itself….
                  and even if it doesn’t.
3.  YES…..We can physically and emotionally
                  beat you up when no one is looking.
                  And, if you don’t “play the game” we
                  can make an accident happen on
                  the set.
4.  YES…..We will spread “vicious rumors”
                  about you.
5.  YES…..We can “set you up to fail”.
6.  YES…..We will take away your “right
                  to free speech”.
7.  YES…..We have the power to intimidate
                  and threaten you if you don’t be
                  silent…..stuntmen included.
                  (It’s called our silent code—
                   break the code and you’re done)
8.  YES…..We can “blacklist you” and make
                  sure your phone never rings again
                  for work.
9.  YES…..Some wives, some girlfriends,
                  mistresses and party girls will
                  always get the “easy” plentiful
                  jobs…..we don’t want them hurt.
10.  YES…We will hire stuntwomen who have
                   skill and timing.
11.  YES…We will continue to under-pay
                   them.
12.  YES…We can “paint down” a stuntman
                   or stuntwoman at will.
13.  YES…We can put a dress and wig on
                   a stuntman at will.  We get a lot
                  of laughs.
14.  YES…We will continue to bring girls into
                   the business to replace the one’s
                   who don’t want to comply with
                   our wishes and we will call them
                   stuntwomen.
15.  YES…We often pay “hush money”.
16.  YES…Some of us abuse alcohol and
                   drugs on the “set” and off.
17.  YES…We are a dictatorship—we like
                   it that way.
WHY?
Because we can.
Seventeen reasons to abolish this culture
and creed and bring forth Men Of Honor,
dignity and self-control.
Having to continue for decades more with
this mentality is just plain cruel and
inhumane.
If there are any Men Of Valor left….please
stand and end this oppression.
Julie Ann Johnson
A veteran Stuntwoman who has barely
survived all of the above.

I say this respectfully……

I say this respectfully to the majority who

do not agree with me….
I am a veteran Stuntwoman who has helped
open the door for all of you who claim to
be Stuntwomen.
I am openly fighting alone on many fronts
for you.  To name a few…..
1.  Wigs, dresses on Stuntmen
      (costs you the ability to excel + wages )
2.  Paint downs
      (costs you the ability to excel + wages )
3.  Hurting Stuntwomen on the job or off
      for not having sex with a Stuntnman/
       coordinator.
       (even one complain is one too many )
4.  Giving you a voice should you care to
      speak.
I am told there are still some left in the trenches fighting for your rights and
safety.
Trenches are dug for protection to fight from.
I have had to remind some people that there
were no trenches until i started digging them
“by hand ” years ago…..I can’t seem to find
out how many are still left in trench….they
should reveal themselves.
Since I am the pariah no one can associate
with, I feel I am a Army of one and that is
okay with me…..sometimes you have to
have a hawk to get the job done.
     I will not stand in front of you
      Nor will I stand behind you
      But I will stand beside you
       should you find the nerve.
Julie Ann Johnson, a Veteran Stuntwoman
(Veteran means a lot of expierence to leave )

A message all……

Even with a stuntwoman as local president and two stuntwomen on the board, they will not listen.  You know that I really hope that they would, but they are much more interested in their titles and perks, than to help a fellow stuntwoman.

I went through this last September, with the SAG Health taking away my petition, at a National Stunt Safety Meeting and they were not interested about how the Health Plan is denying Occupational Disability Pension and Health to the Stunt Community (that is both men and women).

We need media attention but even the people who have tried to help me, cannot even pay to get the media interested.  Maybe if we bought up both our issues together….some large media show might do a story on it?

Leslie