By Nia Moore
Tiffany Haddish, has a lot going for herself, she currently stars on two hit shows: ‘The Carmichael Show’, and Tyler Perry’s ‘If Loving You is Wrong’. She’s also casted in upcoming movie ‘Keanu’ alongside Key and Peele and is one of Hollywood’s hottest female comics. She’s definitely solidifying herself as a household name.
So it’s no surprise that this talented comedian and actress use her star power to shed light on an issue that hits close to home—being black and getting paid in Hollywood. Everyone should remember that before Chris Rock’s hosting gig at the Oscar’s, he spoke on pay disparities in Hollywood amongst black actresses. He even told the New Yorker last year, “Black women have the hardest gig in show business. You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she’s a woman — if she was black, she’d really have something to complain about.”
Tiffany Haddish agrees but says, “Chris Rock is the number one person trying not to pay you!” She went on to reveal to Comedy Hype of once auditioning for Rock but turning down the role because of the pay.
With the #OscarsSoWhite controversy behind us (for now), Chris Rock is probably getting some rest. But he was relatively vocal in several media outlets, discussing the pay gap black women currently experience in Hollywood. It would seem that he’s taken up a noble cause. But Tiffany disagrees, saying that;
If he thinks black women, are getting paid the least amount in the Hollywood industry, then how about he start paying us more? How about [he] start directing black female stand-up specials and make sure we get paid what we’re worth.
Tiffany is referring to Chris directing known white female comedian Amy Schumer’s comedy special, Amy Schumer Live At The Apollo (Released in October 2015)
I’ve got to say, Tiffany does make a valid point. With Chris Rock, being so vocal about pay gaps amongst women of color in Hollywood, shouldn’t he be able to rock the boat a bit and at least make some changes in projects that he has control over? Shouldn’t he at least direct a black woman’s stand-up comedy special? He should be able to at least pay black actresses more in his own films.
But Chris is just a cog in a well-oiled machine in Hollywood. His star power may not be enough to tackle underpaid women of color and #OscarsSoWhite issues. On the other hand, Tiffany thinks he does have enough star power but for now it looks like he’s going to do what he’s paid to do.
As far as Tiffany Haddish is concerned, she’s going to be focused on her various projects: ‘The Carmichael Show’, ‘If Loving You Is Wrong’, ‘Keanu’, a skincare line and of course, stand-up. For things happening in comedy, she went on to tell us she is looking forward to the Richard Pryor movie, since the late comic gave her some personal advice about her comedy career. He told her that people come to comedy shows to have fun–and that’s something she injects into everything she does. You can catch the second season of ‘The Carmichael Chow’ airing March 13, 2016 on NBC.