When Ridley Scott selected to reshoot Kevin Spacey’s scenes in All the Money in the World with Christopher Plummer, the accepted, righteous narrative was that everybody in the solid and crew have been glad to assist, principally working without spending a dime to get it performed in time.
Hurray for Hollywood coming collectively!
Only, that narrative—which appeared to be an instance of how shortly and effectively change can come when individuals need it to—now has a tragic, ironic twist. It’s not solely an emblem of sacrifices the #MeToo motion impressed, it now additionally represents simply how uneven pay may be between female and male co-stars. Yesterday, USA TODAY reported that, removed from doing it professional bono, Mark Wahlberg managed to barter a $1.5 million charge for his reshoots, whereas Michelle Williams solely took a $80 per diem. That means she acquired paid lower than $1,000 in whole.
Now, ladies routinely receives a commission lower than males for equal work, however it’s a little bit extra nuanced. Clearly, producers didn’t provide Mark Wahlberg that quantity unprompted. His individuals fought for it. Which makes the truth that Williams and Wahlberg each make use of the identical company look even worse. (Though, these businesses are large. It’s like assuming anybody on the 1992 Chicago Bulls was pretty much as good as Michael Jordan).
The takeaway we get is that Wahlberg comes out of this story wanting like a shrewd enterprise man (and form of an asshole), whereas Williams simply appears like a idiot. Yet, if the gender roles have been reversed, Williams would solely appear tough and boastful, and Wahlberg would appear selfless. We hear again and again, that one motive ladies receives a commission lower than males is as a result of they aren’t as keen to combat for extra. Whereas males, at all times assured in their indispensability, will make offers offers offers! Ambition, in keeping with all these dummies who voted for Trump as a result of they have been delay by Hillary, will not be a socially accepted search for ladies.
Clearly these reshoots have been vital from an ethical standpoint. They supplied a corrective to sexist, or predatory behaviour that had been missed for too lengthy. The reshoots have been the Right Thing to do. So why was doing the suitable factor sufficient for Williams (and the crew, and the director) however not sufficient for Wahlberg? It’s like a neighbourhood coming collectively to construct a house for a household that misplaced theirs in the hearth, however earlier than volunteering, one dude—in all probability the dude with the truck—insists on being paid.
Basically, Mark Wahlberg acquired paid $1.5 million for a dick transfer. Michelle Williams, an individual with evident empathy, mainly acquired paid in good emotions. The sexism is in the truth that we constructed a society the place the social stress to do the suitable factor doesn’t apply to males.