Black Swan interns, indignant over making coffee, sue Fox Searchlight

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Former interns Alex Footman and Eric Glatt are jumping on the somehow still trendy "Black Swan screwed me over" bandwagon. Only they're not settling for some measly TV interview; they're going for the cash.

In the lawsuit against Fox Searchlight, Black Swan's production company, Footman claims that he was forced to perform horrifying menial tasks like making coffee, taking lunch orders, and keeping the office tidy. Jeez, Aronofksy. Everyone knows that work is reserved for the principal actors, best boy, and lighting designer, not unpaid interns.

Footman said in an interview:

"The only thing I learned on this internship was to be more picky in choosing employment opportunities. Black Swan had more than $300 million in revenues. If they paid us, it wouldn't make a big difference to them, but it would make a huge difference to us… I hope this case will hold the industry to a higher standard and will get rid of this practice."

The lawsuit alleges that the internship did not provide Footman and Glatt with the educational experience required by labor regulations and instead gave them work that should be assigned to paid employees. If Footman and Glatt win, Fox Searchlight would be forced to issue back pay and barred from improperly using unpaid interns in the future.

Apparently, Labor Department officials hardly ever enforce the rules on unpaid internships, so if you didn't already have your doubts about this whiny, frivolous lawsuit, there's that. Plus, I have a feeling that one call from Natalie Portman or Barbara Hershey in character will be enough to scare these interns into submission.