You may know Robin Wright from such films as Forrest Gump, The Princess Bride, and House of Cards. Her latest acting job was pretending to be a victim of the consistently disproven myth that will not die.
“It’s a pandemic.” said Wright during an interview, apparently not feeling the need to reserve the word for real, horrible things like Ebola, or Ke$ha singles. “I mean, let’s face it. The inequality. What-women earn 82% of what their male counterparts make.”
This is, of course, a falsehood. Everyone from the Wall Street Journal, to Forbes, to Feminists themselves have debunked the wage gap as a myth generated by bad math and worse statistics. I’ll save you the explanation that I’ve written and talked about numerous times before, but the punchline is that women get less because of the life choices they make, and not because they play for team Fallopia.
In short, it’s an earning gap, not a wage gap. This apparently hasn’t yet reached the high halls of the glitterati, where Jennifer Lawrence earns more money than anyone, save Iron Man.
Nothing says “hero of the disadvantaged” like the richest people in America preaching at the peasantry garbed in silk and diamonds, using a falsehood as the cudgel with which to beat us over the head as economists and researchers tell them to stop.
But Wright is selling the snake oil, and she’s not just offering it, she’s making people buy it. ‘And you do have to shame and guilt them into it.” said Wright. ‘Um, and I did it on my show recently. I was like “I want to be paid the same as Kevin.”‘
“You better pay me, or I’m going to go public.” she went on to say.
Watch the video here.
The factor that Wright is dismissing is the fact that Kevin Spacey is a well known name. Robin Wright isn’t as much. Yes, she has some great movies under her belt, but doesn’t nearly have the star power that Spacey has.
I will say, however that she was right to ask for more money during the height of her popularity on the show, but because her star had risen. Her talent was worth more, and she should get more. NOT because she’s a woman, but because she’s a popular talent. If her star power goes down again, she should be willing to accept less money, and so on and so forth.
Like everything else, Hollywood should base their pay on merit, not what you have between your legs. The women of Hollywood still don’t seem to get this however, as every multi-million dollar paycheck they receive is an invitation to complain about “muh wage gap” when they find their way on a stage of some kind.
I’ll let Shoe wrap this up.