Emmy Rossum demanded a raise from the producers of Shameless on Showtime, in line with William H. Macy who’s been the top paid actor on the show for the past seven years of its run. Women’s groups and their half dozen or so all-female blogging new outlets declared Rossum’s lesser paycheck to be yet another seminal moment in the gender pay gap holocaust.
Macy was the only named actor in the cast when the show commenced, but as seasons wore on, it was clear the show was revolving more and more around the daughter character portrayed by Rossum. Also, Rossum never bitched about doing topless sex scenes every season. I’d bring that up.
Heading into season eight Rossum insisted on a raise in line with Macy’s pay or she threatened to quit. In an odd twist of events, the patriarchal skies split asunder, male Jesus wept, and Rossum got the raise. It’s almost as if this is how pay is supposed to work between employers and employees.
Slate declared this a victory for public shaming, similar to how Robin Wright demanded to be paid equally to Kevin Spacey on House of Cards since they were equal in character importance and both regretted sucking Sean Penn’s dick when younger. It may be that you not only have to ask for a raise, but also twist your employer’s arm a bit. This is not necessarily supposed to be a revelation fifteen years into your career. That’s how insidious this gender pay gap. Most especially in the seven figure paycheck bracket.
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