Pay Gap

Apparently there’s an uproar about Mark Wahlberg getting paid $1.5 million versus the $1000 Michelle Williams was getting paid for a re-shoot of scenes for the movie “All the Money in the World” due to the allegations against Kevin Spacey. From my perspective, being an outsider an all, it seems to me, and this may be a simplistic view of the matter, Michelle Williams needs a better agent. Also, I believe she said she would re-shoot those scenes for free. Mark, apparently profited from the situation; not really surprised either.

Actors and actresses are in essence contractors. They come in for specific period of time, for a specific job and negotiate a price to complete said job in said amount of time. So, I really don’t see the issue here, other than Michelle’s agent having poor negotiating skills and not looking out for her best interest. And, again, she said she’d do the re-shoot for free.

What I do have issue with, and that I’ve always questioned, is why anyone, male or female, should get paid millions (or any large sum of money) to play make-believe. They’re not curing cancer or solving the world’s problems, they’re playing pretend. On top of the sickening amount of money they’re getting paid, they continue to get paid royalties every time their work is shown. Be that from sales while in a movie theater, DVD sale, on-demand sales, etc. Most people who work get paid the one time for the job they did. They don’t continue to get paid whenever someone uses the thing they happened to work on. I’m a software engineer. I write code that gets integrated with other people’s code, that ultimately results in a finished project. Much like those making a movie; a bunch of people, doing their part, to make a product. With me so far? Should I get, say, twenty-five cents, every time the lines of code I specifically wrote get called? No, I don’t think so. Sure, it would be nice, I would’ve retired long ago, but that’s not how the real world works.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

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