President of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild), Gabrielle Carteris on Friday spoke on behalf of the actors’ union, talking out about Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit alleging that Disney breached her contract for her position in Black Widow.
Actress Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit final week, alleging that the studio breached contract by releasing the Marvel film Black Widow on Disney+ on the similar time it was in theaters. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and sparks a brand new phenomenon within the streaming wars: unique launch in theaters or simultaneous streaming throughout streaming platforms.
Disney hit again on the lawsuit filed July 29. The studio mentioned it was a “callous disregard” of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Mouse House additionally revealed that Johansson has thus far acquired $20 million from Black Widow, a uncommon remuneration for stars. Organizations equivalent to Women In Film, ReFrame and Time’s Up have criticized Disney for attempting to painting “Johansson as insensitive or selfish in order to protect her contractual rights”.
Screen Actors Union President speaks out in opposition to ‘Black Widow’ lawsuit
SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris echoed these sentiments on Friday, August 6. “Disney should be ashamed of itself for using bullying tactics. Actors must be compensated for their contractual work. Scarlett Johansson is shining a light on the issue of compensation that companies are trying to force their talent. No one in any field of work should fall victim to a sudden drop in expected remuneration. It is absurd and unfair. Disney and the other content companies are doing very well and can certainly fulfill their obligations of compensating hard workers.”
She added: “In addition, we are deeply concerned by Disney’s gender-based criticism of Ms Johansson. Women are not ‘callous’ when they stand up and fight for fair pay – they are leaders and advocates for economic justice. Women have been victims of wage inequality for decades, and they’ve become even more victims of comments such as those in Disney statements. These types of attacks have no place in our society and SAG-AFTRA will continue to protect our members from all forms of bias.”
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