You Won’t Believe The Disparities Between Your Favorite Black Actors And Their White Counterparts
By, Jen Nicole
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Now we knew the pay gap between Black and Whites in blue and white collar jobs is real, but the recent publishing of the salaries of many television stars from Variety shows the extreme pay gap on a entertainment scale and it is not pretty.
Let me break it down for you. Here are the pay rates for some our are very well known Black and Latino actors:
- Both Viola Davis and Kerry Washington are making $250,000 per episode of “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Scandal.”
- “Empire” stars, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, are making $175,000 per episode.
- Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross of “Black-ish” get $100,000 per episode and $80,000 per episode.
- Gina Rodriguez, who plays Jane on “Jane the Virgin” makes only $60,000 per episode.
Now compare their compensation to the ones of their White counterparts:
- The “Big Bang Theory” cast gets $1 million per episode.
- Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, the stars of the “Gilmore Girls” Netflix revival, a show I can’t wait to come back on, I’m not gonna lie, I used to love Gilmore Girls lol. Anyways these chicks are making $750,000 per episode!
- The “Game of Thrones” cast is also commanding at least $500,000 per episode.
The only person in the middle of this pay gap is racially ambiguous Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson who makes $400,000 per episode of Ballers.
The crazy thing about this is that all of these shows command high ratings, but even the minority actors in high-rated shows aren’t reaching the same financial heights of their White counterparts.
So not only is it hard to break into the industry when you are a person of color but when you make it, even if you make it to the top and are on a hit TV show, you are still being paid less. What I want to know is, where is the motivation to keep going? I would be pissed if I were Viola, Taraji, Gina or any of these great actors with hit shows and saw these numbers and that I was being slighted.
What is your opinion on this? And if you are an aspiring actor, does this motivate you to continue on or does this give you second thoughts about making your Acting career your sole bread and butter? Drop your comments below.