Social Justice actor Benedict Cumberbatch typifies the stupidity within Holywood. Box office takings have been driven by key actors/ actresses for decades. Top drawer female leads like Meryl Streep have seldom taken a back seat to her male costars when it comes to pay. This equal pay for equal work malarkey is insanely obtuse. Assuming an extra works 1/10th the time that the lead does, by rights they deserve 1/10th. If the lead makes $10mn then surely the extra is entitled to $1mn on the equal pay for equal work metric.
This type of posturing is so typical of the new age. Will Streep accept a pay cut to equal out her male peers in movies? Unlikely. Hollywood reeks of hypocrisy on most levels. To take Cumberbatch at his word suggests 1000 caveats that will only filter to those he would deem worthy. He’d never expect the extra to be paid anything near what he earns even on an hourly basis. Only those that might inflate his social justifiablity.
Perhaps male supermodels should howl in protest that their female equivalents smash them for pay. Or is that female supermodels are plainly more desired than men by the end user – cosmetics, luxury goods and apparel.