In 2011, Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman made a movie together called No Strings Attached. We were confused, as a film-going public. How on earth was this revered actress slumming it with Kelso?
Hollywood apparently agreed that one of the film’s stars was slumming it with a lesser co-star. So they paid this person three times more than the other. You’re smart and you read the headline and you know where this is going.
Yes, Champion of Male Mediocrity Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much as NATALIE FUCKING PORTMAN for the shitty fuckbuddy movie.
“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood…His [quote] was three times higher than mine so they said he should get three times more. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy.”
I get that it’s hard for some to get in arms about millionaires being paid less than other millionaires. But if Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams being paid less than Jeremy Renner didn’t outrage you, Oscar-winner Natalie Portman (who was an Oscar nominee, BAFTA nominee and Golden Globe winner at this point while Kutcher to his credit had won several Teen Choice Awards and a Razzie) being paid less than Ashton fucking Kutcher should.
Because if you need another example of how a man can be wholly mediocre and still deemed as worthy of more than a woman at the top of her game, you couldn’t Mad Libs one more perfect.