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Entertainment Benedict Cumberbatch will now reject roles if his female co-stars don't get equal pay, and we hope more men follow suit

13:09  14 may  2018
13:09  14 may  2018 Source:   hellogiggles.com

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Benedict Cumberbatch will now reject roles if his female co - stars don ' t get equal pay , and we hope more men follow suit . Today in very cool celebrity news, we all get one more reason to crush on actor Benedict Cumberbatch .

Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch has claimed that he will turn down roles if the project is not paying Speaking with Radio Times, Cumberbatch said: “ Equal pay and a place at the table are the Benedict Cumberbatch has been a prominent voice in wanting to do more for women in the

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Today in very cool celebrity news, we all get one more reason to crush on actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The ‘Batch just revealed that from now on, he will reject roles if his female co-stars don’t receive equal pay. It’s a pretty awesome move that, we hope, encourages other men to do the same thing.

During a recent interview with Radio Times, the Avengers: Infinity War actor explained why from now on, he’ll only do projects where women are paid equally.

“It’s about implementation. Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism. Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: ‘If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not doing it.'”

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While the debate over equal pay in Hollywood continues, Benedict Cumberbatch is making it clear where he stands. Cumberbatch also said he hopes that his production company, SunnyMarch, which he runs with Adam Ackland, will produce more films with women at the forefront.

Cumberbatch continued: “I’m proud that [my friend and partner] Adamand I are the only men in our production company; our next project is a female story with a female lens about motherhood, in a time of environmental disaster. If it’s centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects. Half the audience is female. And, in terms of diversity, Black Panther is now the third most successful film of all time.”

The wage gap is just one inequality issue that women are fighting in Hollywood.

In 2016, women working full time in the United States were paid just 80% of what men were paid. That’s a wage gap of 20%. The gap has narrowed since the ’70s, but we still have a long way to go. According to AAUW, “if the change continues at the slower rate seen since 2001, women will not reach pay equity with men until 2119.”

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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has pledged to only take on new projects if his female co - stars receive equal pay to him. In a recent interview with Radio Times, the Avengers: Infinity War actor said that male actors should boycott projects where their female co - stars aren’ t being paid what they deserve.

Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism. Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid , and say: ‘If she’s not paid the same as the men , I’m not doing it.” “If it’s centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects.

That isn’t acceptable, and women aren’t the only ones who need to participate in the fight. Men do too, which is why we’re so happy to see Benedict Cumberbatch take this stand. Now we just need more men to step up and do the same.

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