Rob Schneider has found a unique way to tackle the pay-inequality issue plaguing show business.
“Saturday Night Live” alum Schneider took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that he, like Benedict Cumberbatch and others before him, is taking a stand for equal pay between men and women.
“I, Rob Schneider, will no longer take projects that do not pay women equally,” the comedian wrote. “Even if that means lowering the woman’s salary substantially.”
Schneider’s humorous take on the topic appeared to go over the heads of some commenters.
“did you mean ‘lowering the Man’s…’?” asked one commenter.
“You’ve got that right. In MANY industries, other than labor jobs, it is far easier to get hired, and for more pay, as a woman,” read another response. “Of course there are many industries where males predominately make up the workforce, but these are also the types of jobs that women will not migrate to.”
“There goes your career,” cautioned another commenter.
And then there was, “It’s called sarcasm. Equal pay is BS. Actors salary based on worldwide market value not sex. Should Jolie’s co-stars (male & female) each make the same $33M that Josie [sic] was reportedly paid? The argument collapses on itself when attempted in real world economics. Like socialism.”
The pay gap between male and female talent in Hollywood has been a hot topic in recent years. In 2015, “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence wrote a blunt op-ed on the subject, writing that higher pay for “the lucky people with d—s” needs to end.
“I’m over trying to the find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable,” she wrote. “F—that. I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard.”
Read Schneider’s bold pledge for pay equality below.
I, Rob Schneider, will no longer take projects that do not pay women equally. Even if that means lowering the woman’s salary substantially. pic.twitter.com/DGlLWPatz4
– Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) May 15, 2018