Discussing anything television money starts and ends with everybody on The Big Bang Theory making $20 million plus per season. If you can wrap your mind around a cookie cutter laugh track sitcom dulling American brains week after week to being the most watched show on television, you're ready to dig deeper.
During the 2015-2016 TV season, the top 15 male actors combined for incomes of $225 million while the top 15 female actresses took in a paltry $209 million. It went unaddressed in the First Presidential Debate, but only because Lester Holt was consumed with moisturizing his enormous forehead. Mindy Kaling wanted to make sure that her $15 million annually representing 100%+ wage of her male peers didn't go without a note about how shit used to be bad:
For years and years, the role of the lead actress on a sitcom was to do two things: look amazing and to make one-third of what my male co-star makes.
Thanks. Also, Orientals built the railroads and Custer slaughtered the Sioux. Everybody on Friends made a million bucks an episode. That was twenty years ago. Claiming victimhood requires some threshold of victimization, as opposed to a prep school education, a Range Rover and a 4,500 square footer in Malibu with an ocean view.
Female TV actresses would dominate financially if they took advantage of commercial merchandising opportunities. Sofia Vergara does the shampoo and dog food push and she's the single highest earner in the industry. Kaley Cuoco alone would tilt the scale well in favor of the women if she'd do a tampon commercial instead of resting on her $24 million for four months of work a year and fucking the weird looking Quickbooks heir.
Protest marches never die. Everybody just starts wandering down side streets wondering when the text will come to reform. You have to blame most of this on the death in popularity of hotel ballroom empowerment seminars and racquetball.
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