Equal pay for all!!

Still reeling from its double standards on tolerating child rape by some males, lewd semi-forced sex by others and the odd bit of hanky panky by almost everyone, Hollywood is now embroiled in self-abasement  over the discrepancy in pay between men and women.

Talent Agency represents both Michael Mark Wahlberg and co-star Michelle Williams.  The agency managed to negotiate a $1.5 million fee for the former and nothing for the latter in re-shooting All the Money in the World, (itself a costly action necessitated by Kevin Spacey being sacked in the afterglow of the Weinstein revelations).

This has brought much soul searching and led Mr Wahlberg to donate his fee (and Talent Agency to contribute $500,000) to Times Up, a lobby that is involved in hunting men who earn too much in the industry and seeking more pay for women.

Mr Wahlberg, last year’s highest paid actor declared, “I 100% support the fight for fair pay.”  Well good on him!

While he’s at it he should seek to lower the discrepancy between what his female co-star the lighting guy earns.  Or perhaps there ought to be a schedule of earnings for all films: for example, the lead guy/gall/LGBTQWERTY  gets 2 units, the director 1.9, the gaffer 1.2 and the make up person 1.  It should be the same for all movies

As a matter of fact I want to extend the case wider. For example, all seafood should receive the same price – it is simply not fair that crab should sell for $3 per kg while squid is $33 and prawn an obscene $150. Am analysing what should be the right price and how to ensure an adequate supply of the more popular fishmeat and avoid an abundance of the less popular. Will let you know when I work out the answer.

Meanwhile am off to see Darkest Hour – perhaps Winston Churchill can offer me enlightenment.

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31 Responses to Equal pay for all!!

  1. Zyconoclast

    Did Mark change his name to Michael to hide his money or his embarrassment?

    Some will call him a cuck but to give away $1.5M should get him $15-20M for 2018.
    A good investment for him.

    Still It brings the end of Western civilisation one step closer.

  2. Dr Faustus

    This actually has nothing to do with equal pay – just a tragic bust in the virtue signalling department.

    Apparently when the re-shoot was announced to excise scenes played by the non-person formerly known as Kevin Spacey, most of the cast, including Michelle Williams, agreed to do the job for nothing, because virtue.

    Except Mark Wahlberg – who required $1.5 million for his 10 days work.

    When he was sprung as insufficiently virtuous, Wahlberg’s people hedged to save his career by devising the equal pay story as a cover to allow him to double down on the virtue.

    As a side note, Christopher Plummer who filled in was nominated for a Golden Globe award for not being Kevin Spacey.

    Hollywood is clearly a shithole nearing the end of its logical life.

  3. manalive

    I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle …

    That was Hitchcock, the finest director evah IMHO, a complete craftsman-artist.
    Nowadays they could all be replaced by CGI animated characters and no-one would know the difference except they would probably be better and cheaper.

  4. They have been replaced by CGI characters!
    But we could go a little further into left field and suggest that Oprah should equalise her wealth with her fellow males just to show that men and women are equal rather than women being superior!
    I think we are a bout to see a resurgence of Gilbert and Sullivan soon with the aspirations of Comic Oprah!

  5. Garry

    Who really cares what these actors do or think. In reality they contribute little, if anything, of value to the real world! Probably impossible to find anyone in Hollywood these days that isn’t a virtue signalling wanker or wankeress – any that don’t go along with the lefty double speak are either marginalised or have kept their head down and said nothing.

  6. stackja

    Equal percentages of box office for all of cast and crew.

  7. Equality for all!
    Sydney has an ocean port. Melbourne has an ocean port.
    Why not Alice Springs? Surely this is racial prejudice.
    A town called Alice should have sheltered harbour!

  8. > “the discrepancy between what his female co-star the lighting guy earns”

    You f*n idiot.

  9. Lady Nilk, Iron Bogan

    I read the article just a moment ago to see what the fuss was about. So he negotiated a fee for reshoots? Good on him. It wasn’t his fault that Spacey got the boot by uber-signaller Scott.

    As for him being the highest paid actor? Again, good on him. He negotiates his salary per his perceived power to get bums on seats and units sold. Speaking from experience, I’d knowingly pay to see Wahlberg on the screen rather than Williams.

    I just checked her imdb filmography and it’s safe to say that I don’t recall seeing any of her movies. I’ve never seen an episode of Dawson’s Crack, either.

    And no, I’m not going to rush out to buy Brokeback Mountain. I couldn’t think of anything more pretentious and wanky.

  10. JC

    I’m in full support as it’s a great way to see see Hollywood finally destroyed.

  11. C.L.

    I’ve never heard of Williams.
    She was lucky to get a thousand bucks, really.
    The film depends on Wahlberg to make the producers money and keep everyone from the key grip to the gardener in a job. That’s why he’s paid the big bucks.

  12. Infidel Tiger

    Sad to hear that Wahlberg has capitulated.

    It’s not his fault Williams is a no name with awful management.

  13. Dr Fred Lenin

    If I were a banker there is no way I would invest my depositors money in any Hollywood movie. Giving some gangrene u.n.communist an open cheque book to make communust propaganda that no sensible person would even listen to. Is not a recipe for profit , I’m surprised any of them ever make any money the stupid rubbish they put out .

  14. Des Deskperson

    Speaking of gender pay gaps, here is an interesting article from Saint Virginia Haussegger’s taxpayer-funded 50/50 in 2030 website:

    http://www.broadagenda.com.au/home/can-award-wages-make-the-gender-pay-gap-worse/

    The article – based on a Melbourne Institute study – argues that the entire centralised awards – setting system is biased against women because of gender based assumptions about the value of work, In the author’s wonderfully objective words:

    ‘it would appear those fair minded folk who set the awards view jobs ‘typically’ done by men deserve higher awards than those ‘typically’ done by women.’

    (this award setting process heavily involves unions and many of the Fair Work Commissioners are ex-union hacks, but we will let that pass).

    This argument is not new (and I expect we be be hearing a lot more of it soon) but it has seldom been presented in so pejorative, shallow and puerile terms as in tis article. Here’s an extract:

    “As the study notes, often the wage disparity is a result of ‘non-monetary job characteristics’ such as potential for workplace injury, or jobs that are more noisy and dirty. The assumption here being that putting up with machinery noise or industrial dirt is of greater value than, for example, the noise and dirt encountered when caring for the sick and elderly in a nursing home, or, for argument’s sake, in a school yard.

    The study uses the example of mobile plant operators versus child care: positing that the former is likely to include less favourable working conditions than the latter, considered to be generally more comfortable (an interpretation likely to be disputed by anyone who has actually worked in child care!). ”

    I’m assuming that this is the article writer’s dumbed-down and biased interpretation of what the Institute study actually says, since the Institute, at easy judging by its Board, seems to be fairly sober and objective.

  15. hzhousewife

    When Opera becomes President, will she work for $1 a year?

  16. calli

    Who is Michele Williams?

  17. JC

    Who is Michele Williams?

    Went to see it. She single handedly destroyed the movie. Everyone else was pretty decent even if, in my opinion, Wahlberg was miscast. She was terrible.

  18. Perth Trader

    I refuse to pay to see any movie…I buy pirate cd’s and smile at Bryan Brown telling me I’m destroying the aussie film industry.

  19. Roger

    It’s not his fault Williams is a no name with awful management.

    Apparently Williams has the very same agent as Wahlberg.

    So she’s just a no name, then.

    Not that I’d heard of either of them, I have to say.

    Christopher Plummer…now there’s an actor I recognise.

  20. Tintarella di Luna

    Michelle Williams is famous for being Heath Ledger’s lady love and having his daughter and then not being his lady love and then he killed himself by accidental drug overdose.

  21. C.L.

    Plummer was originally tested for the role but they went with the arty gay man Kevin Spacey instead.

    Great call.

  22. IainC

    In the cause of equality, I suggest we now equate the worthiness of Winston Churchill with that of Jimmy Carter. That’s only fair.

  23. duncanm

    “As the study notes, often the wage disparity is a result of ‘non-monetary job characteristics’ such as potential for workplace injury, or jobs that are more noisy and dirty. The assumption here being that putting up with machinery noise or industrial dirt is of greater value than, for example, the noise and dirt encountered when caring for the sick and elderly in a nursing home, or, for argument’s sake, in a school yard.

    FMD, how about greater risk ?

    If women at the Melbourne Institute think that underground mining, building and construction, manufacturing and plumbing are so peachy, maybe they should try it out?

  24. Clam Chowdah

    Seafood prices are a bit wonky, Alan. Where do you live? Come to Australia, mate, prawns are way cheaper here.

  25. nilk

    If women at the Melbourne Institute think that underground mining, building and construction, manufacturing and plumbing are so peachy, maybe they should try it out?

    My workplace is over ground, but I’d love for some of these workplace warriors to sit in my place for a week. The last time a woman sat in my job was over a decade ago, and I took over from her. It’s no place for cupcakes.

  26. serene tiger

    “Who really cares what these actors do or think. In reality they contribute little, if anything, of value to the real world!”

    Ain’t that the truth!

  27. Rabz

    This has brought much soul searching and led Mr Wahlberg to donate his fee (and Talent Agency to contribute $500,000) to Times Up, a lobby that is involved in hunting men who earn too much in the industry and seeking more pay for women.

    Mr Wahlberg, last year’s highest paid actor declared, “I 100% support the fight for fair pay.”

    FFS, who gives a rodent’s backside.

    Just hurry up and disappear up your own fundaments, you disgraceful sleazy hypocritical imbeciles.

  28. Myrddin Seren

    As a matter of fact I want to extend the case wider.

    For example, all seafood insert any consumer staple – food, petrol etc should receive the same price – it is simply not fair that crab should sell for $X while etc etc.

    This is the constant refrain from advertorial shows like Current Affair, through the regular laments of the guy from Choice constantly on speed dial to berate Big Retail, through to Rod Sims of the ACCC and his jihad against the petrol companies. Australians, assailed by cost-of-living pressures, are being conditioned to form outrage mobs against Big Retail. Not Big Government, Big Union and all the rest that are fueling the C-o-L push.

    Am analysing what should be the right price and how to ensure an adequate supply of the more popular fishmeat and avoid an abundance of the less popular.

    The future Ministry of Retail Affairs will of course centrally plan production, distribution and pricing right the way through the chain. Their motto will be ‘A Fair Price for all Aussies’.

    Take your pick, Alan – it could well be the Turnbull United Party, if they survive another election thanks to the rancid Bill Shorten – or it most definitely will come under the next CFMEU-ALP-Greens coalition. But Australians will vote for a Big Brother controlling the price of their shopping in a heartbeat in the misguided hope that they will all get a ‘fair’price.

    The Venezuelans give us a clue as to how this will end. Start stockpiling tinned food.

  29. JohnA

    Rasputin #2609625, posted on January 14, 2018, at 3:58 pm

    They have been replaced by CGI characters!

    But we could go a little further into left field and suggest that Oprah should equalise her wealth with her fellow males just to show that men and women are equal rather than women being superior!
    I think we are about to see a resurgence of Gilbert and Sullivan soon with the aspirations of Comic Oprah!

    For some of us here, that would be a restoration of quality humour and great music, but please, oh, please, do not cast OW – except possibly as Katisha!

  30. Des Deskperson

    ‘If women at the Melbourne Institute think that underground mining, building and construction, manufacturing and plumbing are so peachy, maybe they should try it out?’

    To be fair, I sense that most of the crap in this article – and in particular the bit about dangerous, dirty and hard child-minding – a childminder is presumably just as likely to be electrocuted making a toastie for the kiddies as a crane operator working near power lines – is an, err, interpretative – and loaded – gloss from the women at the 50/50 by 2030 Institute.

    The Melbourne Institute people all look like respectable economists, most of them blokes.

  31. Viva

    Who is Michele Williams?

    Starred in tv drama series Dawson’s Creek

    Co-starred with Heath Ledger (with whom she was briefly in a relationship and had his child) in Bro.keback Mountain

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