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Disney ‘must be ashamed’ for assertion in opposition to Scarlett Johansson, SAG president says

Scarlett Johansson stars as Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow, in Marvel’s “Black Widow.”

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The president of the Display screen Actor’s Guild on Friday slammed Disney for “bullying” Marvel actress Scarlett Johansson in a public assertion it made in regards to the “Black Widow” star’s lawsuit in opposition to the corporate final week.

Gabrielle Carteris mentioned Disney “must be ashamed” of its “gender-shaming” ways, which steered that the actor had a “callous disregard” for the risks of Covid-19 to the moviegoing public.

“Actors should be compensated for his or her work based on their contracts,” she mentioned in an announcement. “Scarlett Johansson is shining a white-hot highlight on the improper shifts in compensation that corporations try to slide by expertise as distribution fashions change.”

Carteris, whose group represents round 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists and performers throughout the media area, mentioned that nobody in any subject of labor ought to “fall sufferer to shock reductions in anticipated compensation.”

She mentioned that SAG is deeply involved by the “gendered tone” of Disney’s response.

“Ladies usually are not ‘callous’ after they arise and battle for honest pay – they’re leaders and champions for financial justice,” she mentioned. “Ladies have been victimized by pay inequity for many years, and so they have been additional victimized by feedback like these in Disney’s press statements. These types of assaults haven’t any place in our society and SAG-AFTRA will proceed to defend our members from all types of bias.”

Johansson filed a lawsuit in opposition to the corporate late final week, claiming Disney had breached her contract when it launched “Black Widow” on its streaming service Disney+ on the similar time it debuted in theaters.

Like many Marvel veterans together with Robert Downey Jr., Johansson negotiated to have a proportion of box-office receipts tacked on to her wage. This has grow to be more and more frequent with Marvel Cinematic Universe movies due to their theatrical observe file.

The streaming launch of the movie ate into box-office earnings, although Disney reported “Black Widow” scored $60 million from gross sales on Disney+ throughout its opening weekend. Globally, the movie has tallied slightly below $350 million in theatrical ticket gross sales, one of many lowest hauls of any Marvel movie thus far.

In her lawsuit, Johansson purports that the shift to providing “Black Widow” on Disney+, whereas predominantly carried out for the security of the general public, price her a $50 million payout.

“Disney and different content material corporations are doing very nicely and may definitely stay as much as their obligations to compensate the performers whose artwork and artistry are answerable for the company’s earnings,” SAG’s Carteris mentioned Friday.

Disney responded to Johansson’s lawsuit final week, saying it had “no advantage in any way” and “has absolutely complied with” her contract. The corporate additionally disclosed that the star had been paid $20 million and will see a reduce from gross sales on Disney+. It isn’t typical for corporations to share compensation data.

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