He’s taking a stand for gender equality! In the week following what could arguably be one of the most woke Golden Globes ceremonies in the history of the awards show, all that Hollywood fans could talk about was the unfair pay gap between actors Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams for their reshoot fee in the film All The Money In The World. A USA Today report claimed that Mark had been paid a fee of $1.5 million to reshoot his scenes while Michelle only received a per diem of $80, only making $1000 for the same amount of work — and now, Mark is making a big gesture to prove that he is aligning himself with women’s rights.
“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All The Money In The World has become an important topic of conversation,” the 46-year-old wrote in a statement posted to Mark’s official Instagram page. “I 100 percent support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.”
The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund was launched on Jan. 1, 2018 with an open letter of solidarity addressed to females. “The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace. It’s time to do something about it,” read a statement on the fund’s website. According to the website, all of the money donated to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund will be used to subsidize legal support for individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
In addition to Mark Wahlberg’s $1.5 million donation, his talent agency WME will also be donated $500,000 to the fund in Michelle’s name. “The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a position of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap,” WME said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s crucial that this conversation continues within our community and we are committed to being part of the solution.”