Fighting inequality may take one person at a time standing up for her rights, but creating real change demands the action of many. Equal pay should be a concern for everyone; you have a daughter, I have a sister, we each have a mother. The other day Kristy covered Jennifer Lawrence’s powerful open letter on the subject, and almost immediately, other actors added their support. That’s the thoughtful response any of us would want from our fellow humans, but apparently Jeremy Renner hasn’t read through his copy of the species handbook yet. Perhaps he’s still too busy disparaging Black Widow. Unlike Bradley Cooper, who starred alongside both Lawrence and Renner in American Hustle and is happy to work with his co-stars to bring attention to the issue, Jeremy Renner doesn’t care to participate in the fight for wage equality. Check out the difference in the actors’ responses:
Bradley Cooper, referring to working with his female co-stars to negotiate pay before a film’s production starts:
“I don’t know where it’s changing otherwise but that’s something that I could do.
Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It’s time to start doing that.”
Jeremy Renner, who does say he supports equal pay, was asked “if he would also be willing to negotiate alongside his female co-stars on future projects.” His response:
“That’s not my job. I don’t know contracts and money and all that sort of stuff.
I’m a performer and I know human behavior. When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that. I do what I’m good at, that’s what I focus on.”
Yeah buddy, you just keep taking care of you. These are two people in the same situation of being an actor and not the person who’d usually negotiate his own contracts. One is willing to extend himself and step outside the norm to help change the way the industry works, and one is clearly too self-involved to be bothered with more than lip service.