Daniel Radcliffe Being Completely Baffled By The Gender Pay Gap Is All Of Us
"Who? Who’s doing that!?"
Okay, so maybe he’s a little late to the party on just finding out that women often get paid less than men in Hollywood, but we’ll forgive Daniel Radcliffe because his reaction to it is perfect.
Speaking to the Australian Daily Telegraph, Radcliffe said he’s glad the debate has been re-opened recently by the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, saying, “I had just f**king naively thought this was not an issue any more. Because how can this still be happening?” How indeed.
He went on to say, “it’s crazy. It is definitely the time for our industry to step up. Especially if we want to pride ourselves on being a liberal, progressive industry then you can’t be doing that.”
Speaking of the gap in pay between female American Hustle stars Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, as revealed by the Sony email leak, Radcliffe went on to get even more baffled and put into words everything we’ve been thinking on this, namely: how is this even happening?!
He said, “The thing I can’t help but think is: ‘Who? Who’s doing that? What guy is sitting in a studio somewhere thinking, ‘Let’s fuck the girls out of some money?’” WHO!?
Unfortunately though, people are doing just that. Both in and out of Hollywood women continue to be paid, on average, around 15% less than men. While it’s easy to say stars like Jennifer Lawrence have loads of money anyway so it’s not that big of a deal, that’s beside the point. It’s about talking about the wider issue and it’s important for big stars who are in the public eye to be seen to treated as equals to their male counterparts so that women everywhere who maybe didn’t quite make the red carpet this year can be treated fairly too.
So yes Daniel, you are right to be outraged by this, it’s just not on.