Even when she’s being serious, comic-actress Amy Schumer can’t help joking.
It was a serious point she tried to make on Instagram Wednesday: Of course women deserve equal pay, she wrote, but even she doesn’t “deserve” to be paid the same as, say, experienced and acclaimed male comics such as Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle.
But her argument, well-written and reasoned, was nearly overshadowed by its setting: Next to a half-naked selfie, holding a dog dressed as a hot dog.
“Hot dog dog,” she opened her analysis of the always-simmering debate in Hollywood over the gender gap in industry salaries.
“Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid,” she told her followers. “I believe women deserve equal pay. However I don’t believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time.”
Schumer was addressing this because Variety, one of the main Hollywood trade bibles, published a report on Tuesday about the latest depressing statistics that show women and minorities on TV still make much less than white men.
Schumer was mentioned because, Variety reported, the super-hot comic was paid $11 million to star in a comedy special for Netflix, The Leather Special, in March. But Rock and Chappelle got “eye-popping” deals for $20 million per each of their specials.
According to Variety‘s anonymous sources, Schumer’s team demanded more money, and got “significantly more” after she raised the question of fairness.
Not true, Schumer said in her post. “The reports of me ‘demanding’ or ‘insisting’ on equal pay to (Rock and Chappelle) aren’t…true,” she said.
Schumer is not unaware of her worth. She sells out arenas — something a female comic has never done, she wrote.
“That’s a big deal to me, especially because I know I do my best every night on stage for the audience and they have a good time,” she declared. “I didn’t ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer. I will continue to work my ass off and be the best performer I can be.”