Comedienne Amy Schumer, whose Netflix special The Leather Special was released earlier this year, demanded equal pay from the video streaming service after she heard that Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock cashed in.
According to Variety, Schumer originally had secured an $11 million deal to film her stand-up special, which she performed at the Bellco Theatre in Denver, Colorado on November 6, 2016. Her special was released on March 7, 2017.
However, when she heard that both Chappelle and Rock signed $20 million deals each, she went back to the negotiating table with Netflix. According to the report, Schumer received compensation that was close to what Chappelle and Rock received.
Chappelle’s Netflix specials The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas, which were released two weeks after Schumer’s on March 21, were the most watched comedy stand-up specials of all time.
Personalities in the entertainment industry have been particularly vocal about the gender wage gap, despite making substantially more money than the majority of Americans, especially Schumer.
Her politics and hate for Donald Trump made her the target of trolls who gave her Netflix specials terrible ratings. It was rumored at the time that her ratings were so bad that Netflix was changing its rating system entirely. Apparently, they had been working on it for some time.
However, many of her own fans hated her new special and believed it got the ratings it deserved.