The Left is exploding with moral outrage over the allegedly "sexist" news that actor Mark Wahlberg pocketed $1.5 million for reshooting scenes in the film "All the Money in the World," when his female costar, Michelle Williams, was reportedly paid less than $1,000 for the same work. As in, Williams was compensated less than 1% of what Wahlberg took home.
But critics can burn their bras somewhere else. The pay discrepancy here, as it is with most all these cases, has nothing to do with sexism.
Williams was paid a lousy $80 per diem (totaling less than $1,000) to reshoot because she willingly agreed to be paid that much. In fact, the actress was apparently super grateful just to be in the film — and I'm using her own words.
"I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort," Williams told USA TODAY about the reshoot.
It sure doesn't sound like producer Ridley Scott was twisting Williams' arm to do the scenes for little money, nor does it sound like she was on the losing end of some deeply sexist animus.
And as far as Wahlberg goes, why on earth should he be ridiculed for negotiating a better deal? The "Transformers" star was named Forbes' highest paid actor of 2017, taking home a whopping $68 million. He's worth more than anyone else in the game, and if he wants to capitalize on that, he should not be faulted.
This is pretty cut and dried, but some on the Left have pointed to the agency, William Morris Endeavor, which represents both actors, for being in on the allegedly anti-woman scam. This is also nonsense. If Williams did not want to negotiate for more money to reshoot, as she is quoted as saying, is that really the agency's fault? And, again, Williams is worth a lot less as an actor than Wahlberg, who was literally the highest grossing actor of 2017.
So everybody give Mr. Wahlberg a hand for his success thus far and savvy business sense. Or give Williams a hand for her gracious attitude. But knock it the hell off with the cries of sexism.