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Petition calls for Matt Smith to donate his pay disparity from 'The Crown'

Petition calls for Matt Smith to donate his pay disparity from 'The Crown'
From Mashable - March 19, 2018

Following the recent reveal that Matt Smith out-earned Claire Foy on The Crowneven though Foy was the true lead of the seriesfans are calling on Smith to help even the score.

A Care2 petition is asking Smith and Netflix to donate the difference in Smith and Foy's paychecks to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, as a way to "make up for this sexist pay gap." At time of writing, the campaign has over 24,000 signatures.

Smith and Netflix did not respond to Mashable's requests for comment.

News of the pay disparity emerged last week, when producers admitted during a panel that Smith was paid more in large part due to his Doctor Who fame.

However, they added, the imbalance would be righted for future seasons. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen," said Left Bank creative director Suzanne Mackie. Which is good news for Olivia Colman, who's been tapped to play Queen Elizabeth II in Season 3, but does not do Foy a whole lot of good since she's already moved on.

While the gender pay gap in Hollywood is nothing new, it has come under renewed scrutiny in the era of #MeToo and Time's Up.

Earlier this year, Mark Wahlberg was pressured into donating the $1.5 million he'd made on All the Money in the World reshoots, after it came out that Michelle Williams had been paid just $1,000 for the same work.

Smith's situation is a little bit different. Much of the outrage surrounding All the Money in the World stemmed from the perception that Wahlberg was trying to make money off of a collective effort to right the wrong of hiring Kevin Spacey.

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