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Amy Schumer Makes Instagram Post About Pay Gap Between Her And Chris Rock And Dave Chappelle

This past Tuesday, August 22nd, Variety published an article titled "The Fight for Equal Pay: Women, Minorities on TV Still Making Less Than White Men." Within the article, many different female performer's situations were brought up or briefly touched upon, and countless experts weighed in on the topic. However, the only detail from the article to go viral was the fact that Amy Schumer, upon learning that Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle were both offered $20 million dollar deals for Netflix stand-up specials, she allegedly went to Netflix and asked for more money (her original deal was for only $11 million). The internet responded with widespread disdain, many claiming that Schumer, regardless of gender, hadn't paid the same dues two stand-up legends like Rock and Chapelle had. On all other details from the article, Twitter remained comparatively silent.

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Met with overwhelming public backlash against her private business dealings which were disclosed by an unnamed source to a third party, Schumer was forced to defend herself, saying:

Schumer took to Instagram where, accompanying a picture of herself appearing to be topless and hiding behind a hot dog prop, she sarcastically thanked everyone for chiming in on what they think she deserved to be paid:

In her post, she writes:

Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid. I believe women deserve equal pay. However I don't believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time.

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She continued:

I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done. That's a big deal to me, especially because I know I do my best every night on stage for the audience and they have a good time. I didn't ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer. I will continue to work my ass off and be the best performer I can be. The reports of me "demanding" or "insisting" on equal pay to them aren't a true.

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It should also be noted the article in Variety never claimed Schumer demanded equal pay to Chapelle and Rock, only that she asked for more after learning what they had been offered.  Whether or not she did ask for equal pay (it looks like she didn't), Netflix and Schumer came to a mutually beneficial agreement. Nobody forced the streaming service to host Schumer's special, and if they thought she was demanding too much, they could have let it go at any point. Perhaps the internet jumped a little too quickly to vitriol in this particular instance.

H/T - CNN, Instagram, Variety