Feb 23, 2021
Taraji P. Henson says she was gutted to take home just $40K for Benjamin Button
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On a recent podcast, Taraji P. Henson spoke up about what pay equity means as a Black woman in Hollywood.
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While a guest on the Ladies First with Laura Brown podcast, the star revealed the unfair salary she earned after scoring a spot in 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button despite her white costars making big bucks, as reported by The Jasmine Brand.
“I felt like what I was asking, at that time of my career, was fair to the ticket sales that I would contribute to this big film. [The studio] wouldn’t do it… and then I was gutted.”Taraji P. Henson on March 6, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images,)
The actress says after paying off her team she only took home $40K for the box office hit that grossed over $335M. Meanwhile, her costars, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett were paid millions.
Henson did earn a 2009 Oscar nomination for her role as Queenie but says she had to fight against stereotypes in order to eventually receive the kind of money she deserved.
“I understand why we took that on, Black women being the bottom of the totem pole, never being seen. I understand, but it’s when others go, ‘Yes, strong Black woman!’ and then it dismisses us … Then if my child or somebody I know is gunned down in the streets, I’m supposed to be strong through that? I’m not allowed to be angry?” said Henson. “ I’m not allowed to be pissed off? I can’t say [anything back] because you’ve taken everything from me. I’m not allowed to feel that? I’m just supposed to be strong?”
The wage gap has long plagued Black women in the workplace and Hollywood is no exception. Black women earn 65 cents to the white man’s dollar, per CNBC. Back in 2018, actress Jessica Chastain (The Help) who is white, teamed up with former co-star Octavia Spencer to ensure she was paid fairly on a project both of them were starring in.Taraji P. Henson and ‘Benjamin Button’ co-star Brad Pitt at the movie’s premiere in 2008. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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“I love that woman because she’s walking the walk and she’s actually talking the talk,” said the Academy Award winner, per People. “She said, ‘Octavia we’re gonna get you paid on this film. You and I are gonna be tied together. We’re gonna be favored nations, and we’re gonna make the same thing.’ Fast forward to last week, we’re making five times what we asked for.”
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Piers Morgan fumes at ‘horrible’ Arsenal defending as Tielemans scores easy goal for Leicester after just six minutes
PIERS MORGAN led the bashing as Arsenal fans slammed their ‘horrible defending’ after falling behind against Leicester.
The Gunners came into the clash on the back of a morale-boosting Europa League comeback against Benfica.2Youri Tielemans was gifted an opener for Leicester by the Arsenal defenceCredit: EPA
Youri Tielemans just kept going! ????
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But their jubilant supporters were soon brought back down to earth at the King Power Stadium.
There was only six minutes on the clock when the Foxes pounced on a some sloppy defending to take the lead.
Arsenal were in no danger as they had the ball near half way down their left hand side.
But a mix-up between Granit Xhaka and Willian gave away possession for Leicester to counter.
Belgian Youri Tielemans was the man to take advantage.
He raced forwards towards the goal as the space opened up in front of him.
Xhaka desperately attempted to keep up with the star, but no defender came across to close down the midfielder.
In fact, Gunners ace Pablo Mari actually seemed to almost run out of the way of Tielemans as he darted forward, appearing more concerned by the lurking Jamie Vardy.
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That allowed Tielemans to close in on goal and fire home for his sixth Premier League strike of the campaign.
It was a bad omen for the North London side as prior to today they had lost nine of the 11 games they had conceded first in this season.
And furious Gooners quickly took to Twitter to vent their fury over the calamitous scenes that resulted in the goal, led by Morgan:
HORRIBLE defending. #LEIARS
I have no words for that Arsenal defending, Jesus Christ that’s a bad look— The Bad Man Tipster (@TheBadManTips) February 28, 2021
The Arsenal defending for that goal was just like my hairline: Kept receding until it was hopeless.— Harry Williamson (@HarryWi84337122) February 28, 2021
Pablo mari has no business playing for arsenal— Døminic???? (@dom_afc) February 28, 2021
Sorry to say but Pablo Mari is not meant for Arsenal.— Nitin (@DarkArtillerist) February 28, 2021
Looool Mari. See what happens when you have defenders with 0 athleticism https://t.co/LgWmcEQSro— Anti Arsenal Arsenal Fan (@OTbutInTweets) February 28, 2021
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