Gwyneth Paltrow has found herself in the midst of an internet fury as she joins the list of globally influential women drawing attention to the issue of equal pay in Hollywood. Releasing a statement which reflects the stance figures such as Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, and Patricia Arquette have argued before her, Paltrow is now being panned for seemingly comparing herself to the Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.
As there will soon be a federal investigation into the discrimination towards female directors, Gwyneth Paltrow grabbed its announcement as an opportunity to discuss gender related wage inequality within the industry. Paltrow, who starred alongside RDJ in Iron Man as his love interest, Pepper Pots, used his vast earnings as an example to illustrate her point.
Clearly her role was nowhere near as major as her co-star's and, although I can see how her statement could be misconstrued, Paltrow's agenda was not aimed at RDJ (the pair are reportedly close friends), but more towards the state of the industry as a whole.
“Your salary is a way to quantify what you’re worth. If men are being paid a lot more for doing the same thing, it feels s***y. Look, nobody is worth the money that Robert Downey Jr. is worth. But if I told you the disparity, you would probably be surprised.”
Paltrow, who was named 12th richest on Forbes Highest Paid Actresses list this year, is a self-styled 'lifestyle guru' earning $9 million in the last twelve months. Although I think we can all agree that this is a mammoth amount of money, it should be acknowledged that she is not complaining about the amount she earns but rather the amount women earn in general in comparison to their male counterparts.
For example, taking the Forbes rich list again, in 2015 Jennifer Lawrence, who has championed as the lead role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, took home a whopping $28 million less than RDJ, simply for the fact she's a woman. It's vastly unbalanced figures such as these to which Paltrow refers, which is down to the fault of Hollywood as an industry, not individual actors and actresses.
As Patricia Arquette eloquently and passionately put in her now infamous Oscar's speech, this disparity has to stop.
Source: Comic Book Movie