It's been difficult not to hear all of the hubbub surrounding the Sony hacked e-mail scandal over the past few days and while we've remained pretty silent on the matter, this latest revelation has struck a definite cord.
Now, it looks like everyones favourite gal Jennifer Lawrence has been wrapped up in all of the controversy and it all boils down to an e-mail exchange following her appearance in American Hustle, in which she starred alongside her male BFF Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner.
According to the deets, Jen and her female co-star Amy Adams we're paid less than 2% than the rest of the male ensemble for their role in the Oscar-nominated flick which, lets be fair, couldn't have been made without the female main roles.
Ok, so there's a bit of media jargon thrown in but this is the very e-mail that has basically got every feminist up in arms, courtesy of US publication, The Daily Beast:
'Got a steve warren/gretchen rush call that it’s unfair the male actors get 9% in the pool and jennifer is only at 7pts. You may recall Jennifer was at 5 (amy was and is at 7) and WE wanted in 2 extra points for Jennifer to get her up to 7. If anyone needs to top jennifer up it’s megan. BUT I think amy and Jennifer are tied so upping JL, ups AA.'
Put into an easier-to-manage format in the same e-mail, it went on to read:
'The current talent deals are: O’Russell [David, the films director]: 9%; Cooper: 9%; Bale: 9%; Renner: 9%; Lawrence: 7%; Adams: 7%.'
That's pretty loud and clear, huh?
Ok, so we get it; bigger stars are always going to get a larger pay packet but there's something unsettling in the fact that both female parts — some more evident in screen-time than their male counterparts on the flick — are the leading roles with the smaller wage.
Now that this situ has come to light, we can only hope this will help Sony make the decision to pay their female stars the equal fee for doing the same amount of work as the boys.
We don't know about you, but we kind of hope heart-throb and Jen's good pal Brad weighs in on the debate...