Charlize Theron Squares Up with Sexist Sony, $10 Million Thanks To Hacks

Jan 15, 2015 at 11:00 am |

The entrance of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California is seen December 16, 2014. 'Guardians of Peace' hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks in their most chilling threat yet against Sony Pictures, warning the Hollywood studio not to release a film which has angered North Korea

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The Sony hacking stirred up plenty of controversy in the film world. It released new films to the web for free and revealed private emails shared within the company about celebrities.

Well, actress Charlize Theron found her name relevant amongst some of the skeletons Sony had hiding in their closet. To her surprise, the 39-year-old actress did not receive the same salary as her male co-star Chris Hemsworth. Her star role in Sony’s recent film, Snow White and the Huntsman, was not compensated for properly the first time around, so Theron emailed Sony asking for her fair share, 10 million more smackers.

In fact, the Sony hacking unearthed several examples of significant pay gaps between male and female stars and co-workers at Sony Pictures. Other actresses who are victims to Sony’s sexism are Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence for their roles in American Hustle.


A better example of this #GenderPayGap that exists in Hollywood, and society altogether, is seen between co-presidents of production at Columbia Pictures, Michael De Luca and Hannah Minghelle. These two presidents have the same job, but Minghelle makes nearly $1 million less than her male co-worker, one source told Page Six,

“One knock-on effect from the Sony hacking scandal is that there will be more sensitivity about equal pay for actresses and hiring practices at movie studios.”

According to theThink Progress website, there is an overall 22 percent gender wage gap among unionized workers and an overall 13 percent gender wage gap for federal workers. Both percentages are declining, because these jobs provide a work environment where it is accepted to openly discuss their wages with coworkers.

18 percent of women and 11 percent of men in the public sector say they are banned or discouraged from talking about compensation, compared to about 60 percent of those in the private sector.”

Congress has addressed the issue and repeatedly introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would ban salary secrecy for the entire workforce. Democrats have supported the act but Republicans have unanimously shut it down on multiple occasions. Help fight for gender equality and paycheck fairness by taking to social media and building awareness and including #GenderPayGap in your thoughts.


Charlize Theron got her fair share from Sony Pictures. Support the fight against the #GenderPayGap!