Reese Witherspoon isn’t here for your sexist shaming over her paycheck: “Why is that bothersome?”
Reese Witherspoon doesn’t let sexism slide. The 43-year-old actress has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years as an actress, producer, award-winner, book club founder, entrepreneur, and overall boss. She founded the fashion brand Draper James and the women-run media company Hello Sunshine. A fierce advocate for the #MeToo movement and equal pay, Witherspoon has been a pioneer in the entertainment industry. And now, she’s speaking out about sexist slights against her, and we’re nodding our heads in agreement.
It’s no secret that the star is a hot commodity in Hollywood and drives attention to her projects, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that her paychecks reflect that.
Most recently, Witherspoon is starring and producing alongside Jennifer Aniston in Apple TV+ series The Morning Show. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Witherspoon spoke out about something that bothered her: A magazine review of the series that made a fuss about her and Aniston’s reported $2 million per-episode paychecks.
The star declined to name the outlet, but we’re thinking this Rolling Stone review might be the article in question.
She is so right. We rarely see headlines when male professional sports players rack up millions of dollars every year.
So why should it be newsworthy or bothersome when a woman actress and producer is making the money she has earned? The answer is: It shouldn’t.
In the same interview, Witherspoon also called out a Time magazine piece from four years ago, after the launch of Draper James, that dubbed her and other actress-entrepreneurs Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, and Lauren Conrad “New Domestic Divas.” In a doctored photo, Witherspoon is wearing a red carpet gown with an apron and vacuum.
There’s a double standard at play here, and we’re cheering Reese on as she calls it out for what it is: unfair. And BTW, in our humble opinion, we value Reese and Jen as much or more than any male celeb.