Amid the ongoing writers’ strike, Vice President Kamala Harris has postponed a town hall event hosted by MTV next week. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Harris was scheduled to appear May 18 at an event to highlight Mental Health Action Day at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. In a statement to THRa spokesperson for the vice president said, “MTV’s Mental Health Action Day talk with Vice President Kamala Harris has been postponed.”
Since Harris’ participation would be viewed as crossing the picket line, the event was postponed in solidarity with striking writers, according to a source familiar with the plans.
THR has contacted MTV for comment.
The news comes on the heels of President Joe Biden venturing into the labor dispute between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios and streamers. Speaking before a screening of the Disney+ series at the White House American born ChineseBiden told the crowd, “I sincerely hope that the writers’ strike in Hollywood is resolved and that the writers get the fair deal they deserve as soon as possible.”
Harris chairs the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment. The Carson event would be Harris’s first public appearance in her home state of California since Biden announced he was running for re-election.
The City Hall postponement is the second MTV event to be affected by the strike. Last week’s MTV Movie & TV Awards switched from a live event to a pre-recorded event at the 11th hour, as a number of celebrities and host Drew Barrymore pulled out in solidarity with the interruption.
The Loose Angels Time was the first to report the news.