Robin Wright tells her story of struggle to the Gender Pay Inequality crowd
Marie Claire: Robin Wright revealed that she had to demand the same pay as co-star Kevin Spacey in an interview with Judith Rodin, the president of The Rockefeller Foundation in New York.
While Spacey was earning $500,000 an episode in 2014 for House of Cards, Wright was only earning $420,000. She felt that this was unfair, particularly due to how popular her character was on the show compared to Spacey’s.
“I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin,’” said Wright. “It was the perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards. I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public,’” Wright said. “And they did.”
Nothing terrifies no-name executives with cushy jobs more than threats to go public with irrational arguments on social media hot-button issues. It’s zero surprise they coughed up immediately. But don’t fool yourself that they did it because you read them the comments on your Facebook page about WHAT A STRONG CHARACTER CLAIRE IS. They did it to stop the flood of whiners who will make noise about it and forget about it 19 seconds later after they’ve fired off an #EverydaySexism hashtag and refreshed their feed and moved on to animals. Someone always gets fired when there’s a hashtag protest. LOOK AT ALL THOSE RTs!!!!
After all, it’s a clearly established fact that Netflix used the image and cache of Robin Wright to develop and promote their flagship original program:
Women have recently established a rule that regardless of the economics of any activity they’re involved in or the supply/demand curve, they should be paid as much as the highest paid man (“The Jennifer Lawrence Complaint”). That of course does not apply to any situation when the woman is the star – then equality is not required: Orange Is The New Black, Kimmy Schmidt, or you know, modelling and stripping, Just don’t try to show them any facts, they will revert to shrieking at you.
Yammering about equality when the pay cheque is 420 grand a week, $10 million a movie or playing sports watched by a 1/10 of the number of people isn’t helping anyone in gender equality. I could make some rational arguments, but you’ve already made up your mind.