A remorseful SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher turned to social media for a little self-reflection and a promise to do better as she continues to lead a “major labor battle.”
Ahead of the Labor Day holiday, Drescher posted a lengthy message on her Instagram, in which she revealed how a “convergence of family aggravation, personal health issues, board member abuse, staff bureaucracy and a release of tears to Duncan [Crabtree-Ireland] from feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders” led her to lose her cool with a fellow union member.
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“I yelled at an unsuspecting member simply sharing her grievances,” wrote Drescher. “I had a meltdown and a complete and offensive, over reaction. I, of course apologized but continue to beat myself up over it.”
Here’s her full message: “It’s Labor Day weekend and I find myself in the volunteer position of leading a major labor battle as we at Sag-Aftra meet this historic moment head on. It is said in buddhist wisdom that to lead, one must follow. In order to do that I must pay close attention to everyone’s grievances that come at me from all sides. But last week was a convergence of family aggravation, personal heath issues, board member abuse, staff bureaucracy and a release of tears to Duncan from feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders. This all writes a recipe for disaster and that cake got baked when I yelled at an unsuspecting member simply sharing her grievances. I had a meltdown and a complete and offensive, over reaction. I, of course apologized but continue to beat myself up over it.”
“Why is it so difficult to let it go and move on when we mess up? And I realized that whether leading a labor movement or being caregiver to a sick and dependent loved one, you are human and you will falter. Do not demand perfection from yourself because you are setting yourself up for failure if you do. You may lose it (like I did)and you may offend those undeserving of your wrath when you’ve reached the end of your rope. But first, always own your bads and next try to cut yourself slack. Be understanding of your situation even when others may not be. A Shaman once said to me, ‘each time you find yourself ruminating over why you said this or why you did that, try repeating these words to yourself as often as necessary to take the curse off your self loathing: I love you Fran. I know how good you are. It’s Fran & Fran ‘til the end of time.'”
Drescher is running for reelection opposite independent candidate Maya Gilbert-Dunbar but is expected to triumph. National officer ballots were mailed to eligible SAG-AFTRA members August 9, with a return deadline and tabulation set for September 8. Election results are expected to be announced that evening.
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