Yesterday, People reported about a story that Comedian Amy Schumer insisted she be paid more upon finding out how much Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were paid for their Netflix specials. The news came from a story by Variety all about women and equal pay in the entertainment industry.
While Chapelle and Rock were paid $20 million for their routines, Variety claims Schumer had been paid $11 million for her “The Leather Special” taping. Apparently, Schumer was able to raise her pay after negotiating with Netflix and bringing up the point of how much less she was being paid than Rock and Chappelle.
Is this really a gender issue, or is this a talent and higher ranking issue? It's almost like if new employee demanded to be paid as much as the manager. How else can we put this?
There's levels to this, girl.
By the look of the Black Twitter feed, people are sharing the same sentiment.
I'm all for wage equalty but 1) she's not funny2) would you ask for same pay as the VP (30yrs exp) when you're at coord level (5/10 exp)?
— Lex (@lexee4_) August 22, 2017
— L Boogie☔️ (@lb313) August 22, 2017
— Justin Chase Daoey (@Jdaoey) August 22, 2017
Amy, honey, chile…. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/bIApTJaCWZ
— ???? (@BlkCarmenSDiego) August 22, 2017
This is not an "equal pay" issue. This is a "you're not funny like them" issue. https://t.co/2jR6nLgVod
— Keely (@Keely_McCann) August 22, 2017
This is literally the funniest thing she has done in years.
You want to get paid the same as big name industry veterans?.. pic.twitter.com/d8OKkRAzTW
— Tegbe (@Librocube) August 23, 2017
They really should tell her that they've decided to go in another direction and give the coins to Tiffany Haddish & Margaret Cho pic.twitter.com/slr9jDBrKZ
— Kiem (@Teamkiem) August 23, 2017
Amy.. Chris Rock & Dave Chappelle have made it to legendary status, both have been in the game for over 20 years. Oh & they're funny! So.. pic.twitter.com/swf36BQIR5
— ????Drea not Andrea???? (@ColdestHottie) August 23, 2017
People can make the argument that the definition of funny is subjective, but let's be candid for a sec. Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock are veterans to the game with large followings who can bring in a large amount of revenue. Amy Schumer has the white feminist alliance, but she's not pulling the numbers Rock and Chappelle are. It just seems very convenient to pull the equal pay card here when in reality, it doesn't seem that deep.
Schumer, it seems, agrees with the Twitter critics quick to point out that Rock and Chappelle are older and more experienced.
In a statement written on Instagram, the comedian wrote that "I believe women deserve equal pay. However I don't believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave." Schumer went on to call the duo "legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time."
She did not respond to those that questioned whether or not she is as funny as Rock and Chappelle.
Hot dog dog. Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid. I believe women deserve equal pay. However I don't believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time. I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done. That's a big deal to me, especially because I know I do my best every night on stage for the audience and they have a good time. I didn't ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer. I will continue to work my ass off and be the best performer I can be. The reports of me "demanding" or "insisting" on equal pay to them aren't a true. #fat #stealsjokes