Stephen Amell: “I’m providing what I actually said and clarity / context”

Arrow and Heels star walks back the bluntness of his statement about supporting the union but not the strike action.

Arrow and Heels star Stephen Amell has taken to Instagram to add ‘context’ to comments he made this week about not supporting strike action.

“Understandably, there has been a lot of reaction to the comments I made this weekend about our strike,” he wrote. “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.”

According to Amell:

“1. I support my union, I do, and I stand with them.

“This doesn’t need much clarity: My support is unconditional and I stand with them.

“2. I do not support striking, I don’t.

“What this means in full context: 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.

“3. I think that it is a reductive negotiating tactic and I find the entire thing incredibly frustrating.

“In full context: 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.

“4. I think that thinking as it pertains to shows like the show that I am on that that [sic] premiered last night, I think it is myopic.

“What I meant: Nothing about the strike is funny but if I may self deprecate for a moment. I have no clue what I was trying to say here and who says, ‘I think that thinking…?’ Perhaps it was an inarticulate shoutout to our crew and cast, who mean the world to me. I’m simply sad that we don’t have a chance to celebrate a show that all of us figuratively and I literally, broke my back for.”

“As I said from the jump, I want to ensure that my thoughts and intentions are not misconstrued. This situation reminds of the proverb, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions,’ which apparently, after reading a limited amount of the commentary, is a place many of you would like me to visit. However, at least for the foreseeable future, I choose to stand with my union. When you see me on a picket line please don’t whip any hard fruit.”

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  1. Anyone who saw Steven Amell’s Facebook page when he played Arrow will know he understands the importance of maintaining media exposure and promotion, it certainly worked for him because of his athleticism and the training videos of him preparing for his Arrow role were popular, these videos also promoted his personal and wine making business interests as well. Steven’s same business focus could apply to his strike action commentary, Steven is now a producer and invests into his own creative products so obviously he has vested interests.

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