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Actress Fran Drescher wants to leverage movie productions to force 'diversity, inclusion,' calls her green initiative biggest effort since WWII

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Actress Fran Drescher wants to leverage the influence and monetary investment of movie productions to encourage states to push toward "diversity" and "inclusion," as well push green energy initiatives.

As reported by NewsBusters' Stephanie Hamill, while speaking at the The 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Drescher took significant time on stage to talk about how movie studios can use financial influence on state legislators during an awards ceremony that was almost entirely void of political activism.

While most viewers were enjoying the sight of actress Jessica Chastain almost falling on stage or the exuberance of actor Brendan Fraser, Drescher spoke about activism from Hollywood's unions and the NFL.

"SAG-AFTRA and the NFLPA together forged Actors & Athletes for Democracy. We are the greatest influencers on the planet and must promote freedom for all," Drescher began.

"Our industry brings billions of production dollars to states across the nation, but if they want our business, let’s wield our financial influence to make governors act in the best interest of freedom, diversity, inclusion, and democracy. As my character Bobbi Flekman said in 'This Is Spinal Tap,' 'Money talks & bulls**t walks!'"

Drescher is the president of the the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union, named in early 2022. The labor union represents approximately 160,000 professionals.

Drescher took more time to promote her Green Council initiative, which Deadline referred to as "an initiative she has been leading to encourage more environmentally-friendly practices in the industry," in 2022.

The actress pointed towards a single-use plastic initiative, remarking on the use of glass bottles at the ceremony, likening her efforts to World War II.

"I’m very proud to say SAG-AFTRA and MPA has forged Green Council, the biggest joint effort of Stars and Studios to save the planet since World War II," she said.

"Mission number one, an honor system to eliminate single use plastic on camera, behind the scenes and leverage star power to challenge audiences around the world to do the same. You may notice this year on your tables are glass bottles," she added.

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