Friday, September 20, 2019 14:09 IST
Adele Lim, who wrote the blockbuster 'Crazy Rich Asians' walked away from the sequel over pay disparity. Warner Brothers paid Lim $110,000, while her fellow screenwriter Peter Chiarelli was offered $800,000 to $1 million to return for the sequel.
In light of Adele's decision, many writers have come forward to discuss their experiences with the pay gap via #NotWorthLess. The first writer to use hashtag #NotWorthLess was Deirdre Mangan, a writer-producer on television shows such as 'iZombie' and 'The Crossing. She wrote about this issue, saying "Much respect to Adele Lim for walking away from CRA. That's a heartbreaking decision to make. The rampant pay inequality in the entertainment industry is archaic. Writers who are not able-bodied white men are #NotWorthLess."
This has brought out several writers who have not been given fair recognition for their work. Most commonly heard complaints belong to straight white male counterparts making more money and being promoted much quickly in spite of less experience.
There were some writers who offered solutions, such as 'Family Guy' executive producer Patrick Meighan who spoke about how writers with privilege can help bridge the gap, " If you're a dude on staff and a female co-worker (at the same level) has a contract up for renewal on the same schedule as you, team up and refuse to sign until you're both paid the 0same. A colleague and I did this a few years ago and we made Fox blink. Men: step up! #NotWorthLess"
Jon M. Chu, the 'Crazy Rich Asians' director has already addressed the behind the screen drama and has been vocal about her support of Lin, who according to him was unhappy with the initial deal offered to her. Lim, no longer a part of this project will be writing the screenplay for Disney's upcoming fantasy/adventure 'Raya and the Last Dragon.'
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