It is no secret that there still exists a huge gap when it comes to the difference in men and women’s salaries across different industries. Last week when news broke that The Crown’s leading actor Claire Foy who plays the character of Queen Elizabeth, is paid less than her co-star Matt Smith, who portrays Prince Phillip, a huge outcry was created.
In the wake of this news, feminists set into motion and now a petition has been launched that asks for Matt Smith to donate the differential in his pay to the Time’s Up movement.
The petition reads, “Sign my petition asking Netflix and Matt Smith make up for this sexist pay gap by donating the difference in their paychecks to the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund for Sexual Harassment & Abuse Victims!”
The petition has already garnered thousands of signatures and a number of celebrities are also endorsing it.
Last week, The Crown’s producers admitted that Matt Smith was able to negotiate a better deal with Claire Foy because of his perceived higher profile.
They did not reveal either salary — Foy’s was put at $40,000 an episode by Variety last year — but told a panel event in Jerusalem that Smith’s 2010-2013 starring role on the BBC’s Doctor Who had been the decisive factor.
Despite the clarification, critics were still not satisfied and have argued that the discrepancy in pay should have been fixed after the first season, keeping in mind that Foy has gotten wide acclaim and accolades for her performance in the series.
The series comes from the pen of Peter Morgan, who first lifted the veil on the private world of Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), which was directed by Stephen Frears and earned Helen Mirren an Oscar in the title role.