Stars of the Netflix original series Grace and Frankie (and tons of other things over the years), Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, recently found out that they make about as much as the show’s supporting actors, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. Well, Fonda and Tomlin aren’t happy about that, and neither are the fans. The gender wage gap is back with a vengeance, which sounds like a really cool action movie, but instead, it’s just discriminatory.
At a recent Netflix press conference, Tomlin expressed her discontent. She said, “No, the show is not Sol and Robert. It’s Grace and Frankie.”
It’s true. She and Fonda are the stars. They have more material, which means they’re doing more work. Common sense says that more work equals more money. Plus, they’re Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. They’re veterans. They’re not even newcomers. They’ve earned the right for more money.
Fans like Emily Logan, creator of a Care2 petition in support of Fonda and Tomlin, are trying to make sure this wage gap either shrinks or disappears. This information comes out after a much-buzzed-about speech by Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette, who said it was time for equal pay between the sexes in Hollywood. Some critics were upset with the speech, as Arquette seemed to only be talking about white, female performers, and female performers are already rather wealthy in spite of a wage gap. Logan doesn’t feel that way about the latter point.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Logan stated, “Whether we are talking about celebrities or employees at a retail store, we need to make sure that we are calling out these imbalances.” Sounds like Logan knows that sometimes, in order to make a change, the best place to start is the top.
Netflix has yet to comment on the dispute.