When it comes to wages, men are so disadvantaged in Hollywood; they need much more pay even to make ends meet. For the appropriately titled All The Money in the World co-stars Mark Wahlberg, and Michelle Williams had their salaries compared. Wahlburg was paid $5,000,000 while Michelle Williams was paid $625,000.
Where is Williams living in Hollywood to make that affordable? Wherever it is, she should tell Wahlburg, so that he can move in, and not need such an outrageously different salary to make ends meet after a long day at work.
When you shift the dial to look at non-white men… well, the picture is about the same, with a couple key differences when it comes to men of color.
Hollywood isn’t an exceptionally safe place; it seems. Men are less likely to be believed about things like a sexual assault than women, which is impressive, considering the already low rate of women being believed about sexual assault.
In 2016, when Terry Crews was sexually assaulted in front of his wife, he was told to remain quiet and not raise a fuss to avoid losing any chance of success he had in Hollywood. Coming forward during the height of the 2018 #MeToo movement, Terry said, “I heard time and time again about the rights that my predator had, but I was never told about the rights I had as a survivor.”
While resources for women in dangerous situations are widespread, most men wind up faced with the issue of being believed in the first place, to the point where our statistics about men’s sexual assault could very well be wildly inaccurate–because of lack of belief during reporting, if they were ever reported at all.
Considering the ‘casting couch’ culture of Hollywood and the lack of protection many child stars endure, it’s not unlikely that men in Hollywood face much more sexual assault than has been reported.
Considering how often male sexual assault in Hollywood is more of a punchline than a plot point, Hollywood the institution itself is helping keep these cases of male sexual assault under wraps.