Jeremy Renner, semi-recognizable professional pretender who once crashed a wedding, stayed for an hour, and refused to take photographs with the bride and groom, has something to say about attempting to close the gender pay gap: “that’s not my job.” Go on...
(Jeremy Renner is also known for repeatedly calling the character Black Widow, the only female member of the Avengers in Renner’s film The Avengers: Age of Ultron, “a slut.”)
Recently, after reading—or at least skimming—Jennifer Lawrence’s essay about her experience with being paid less than male costars, Brady Cooper told Reuters that he would, in the future, share salary information with his female costars in an attempt to make negotiating pay more fair. “I don’t know where it’s changing otherwise,” he said, “but that’s something that I could do.”
Sounds like he gets it. At the very least, he gets what he should say out loud.
Jeremy Renner, small and dim, is not so lucky. In an interview with Business Insider, Renner was asked whether he would consider negotiating alongside female costars in the future to ensure they were being paid fairly. An easy question to answer. Something like “yes.” Or, if not yes, something that shows support without necessarily tying the speaker to action. “It’s obvious that something needs to be done.” Anything like that. Yes? Jeremy?
Adding he fully supports actresses receiving equal pay as actors, he said he’s more focused on his craft than what everyone is making.
“I’m a performer and I know human behavior. When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that,” said the two-time Oscar nominee. “I do what I’m good at, that’s what I focus on.”
So lucky for Jeremy Renner that he doesn’t have to worry about equal pay and can just focus on doing what he’s good at: being a shit.