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amy schumer comparing her pay to chris rock’s & dave chappelle’s is probably her funniest joke :d
August 24, 2017
Amy Schumer, white feminist extraordinaire, has finally made us laugh!
According to Variety, the Trainwreck “comedian” recently was inspired to renegotiate the salary for her Netflix special after learning what Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were paid for their own.
Apparently, the two comic legends were being paid $20 million, while the less legendary/funny/established actress was only offered $11 million for the taping of “The Leather Special”.
And while the gender wage gap is a very real thing, so is white feminism and it’s inability to acknowledge how anti-Blackness affects even gender conversations.
Regardless of if you agree that Rock and Chappelle create better quality content (which would be hard to disagree with), it’s impossible to argue that they aren’t a bigger draw.
In her defense, Schumer claims that she didn’t ask for as much as Chappelle and Rock, whom she considers “friends,” just for more than the initial offer:
Hot dog dog. Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid. 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. I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done. 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. 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. The reports of me “demanding” or “insisting” on equal pay to them aren’t a true. #fat #stealsjokes
Still, it’s not lost on us that she used two Black men to make her case, especially considering her history of dehumanizing Black people and reducing Black men to their sexuality.
If nothing else, we hope this opens more doors for female comedians of color to receive what they are worth in the both sexist and anti-Black world that is television comedy.
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