Scarlett Johansson Addresses Wage Gap Issue: ‘It Does Not Apply To Me!’
When it comes to the Hollywood wage gap, Scarlett Johansson is one of the lucky ones seemingly not affected by it. Because it does not personally apply to her, she said it feels fake and obnoxious to talk about the issue.Advertisement
While the topic might have become a major discussion in Hollywood lately, the 31-year-old “The Horse Whisperer” actress appeared to have a different take on it.
In the May issue of “Cosmopolitan” magazine, she said she is not comfortable talking about money, especially the one she makes. Unlike other artists who have raised arms over the issue, most notably Jennifer Lawrence, she said she has been fortunate not to experience the wage gap issue in Hollywood.
“There’s something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole,” she said.
“I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage,” she added.
She clarified, though, that she is not undermining the plight of many women not paid fairly. Johansson continued by saying, “I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious.”
She said it is an issue that feminists should really address, but not her personally. “It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general,” the BAFTA’s Best Actress in a Leading Role added.
It can be noted that Jennifer Lawrence has been the most vocal in rallying for equal pay among artists. In fact, in her latest interview with Harpers Bazaar, the 25-year-old “Hunger Games” actress reiterated anew the sentiments she cited in her essay “Lenny” for Lenna Dunham despite her parents’ disapproval of her being outspoken.
“My parents get really upset. They do not like me speaking out about anything political because it’s hard to see your kid take criticism,” she narrated. “But, really, people who criticized it are people who think women should not be paid the same as men. So I don’t really care what those people think.”