Should Men Fight For Equal Pay For Women?
Jennifer Lawrence's American Hustle co-star, Jeremy Renner, is being criticized over his response to J Law's essay on the Hollywood gender pay gap.
A few weeks ago Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay about how upset she was when she found out how much less she and Amy Adams made compared to their male co-stars Bradley Cooper, Renner and Christian Bale while working on American Hustle. She learned their salaries during the hack on Sony and blamed herself for not fighting for equal pay as a woman.
When asked about the essay during a press day and if he felt like he should help fight for equal pay Renner responded, "That's not my job."
He went on to say, "I'm a performer and I know human behavior. When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that. I do what I'm good at, that's what I focus on."
As a woman, I'm really upset by what he said. My personal opinion is that if you know for a fact that there's a wage gap and you do nothing to make a difference, then you're part of the problem. Man up or just don't say anything at all. There was no reason to say "that's not my job."
Bradley Cooper on the other hand said he was embarrassed when he saw how much he made compared to Jennifer and Amy on American Hustle. He told Reuters that he would start telling his female co-stars what he's being paid for a film and would help them negotiate a fair salary.
What do you think?