“…those of us in a position of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities…”
In the wake of the Golden Globe Awards, where women wore black to stand in support of gender equality, reports of pay differences between actress Michelle Williams and actor Mark Wahlberg surfaced.
According to The Guardian, Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million to do reshoots of the film “All the Money in the World,” while Williams was only paid $1,000.
The disparity drew outrage, and on Saturday, Wahlberg announced he would be donating the $1.5 million he made from the reshoots to the Time’s Up legal defense fund.
He tweeted that he “100% supports the fight for fair pay” and that the donation would be made in Williams’ name:
— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) January 13,2018
Actress and activist Amber Tamblyn tweeted that the actor was “one of only two men in our business” who has made a donation and encouraged others to follow suit.
According to Forbes, William Morris Endeavor (WME), which represents both Williams and Wahlberg, will also donate $500,000 to the legal defense fund in the actress’s name.
The $500,000 is in addition to a $1 million pledge that was made earlier in the month.
“The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a position of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap,” Entertainment Weekly reported WME said in a statement. “[…] It’s crucial that this conversation continues within our community and we are committed to being part of the solution.”