Several Hollywood advocacy organizations are speaking out to blast Disney for the way the company responded to Scarlett Johansson‘s lawsuit over Black Widow profits.
Scarlett filed a lawsuit against the studio because of the way it released the new Marvel movie, which seemingly ruined its chances at making big bucks at the box office. Her contract includes backend compensation, which means her paycheck depends on how well the movie performs in theaters. Since the film was released on streaming at the same time as the theatrical release, her chance at earning a big bonus was diminished.
Disney responded to the lawsuit and said it was “sad and distressing.”
Now, Women In Film, ReFrame and Time’s Up have partnered for a joint statement in response to Disney.
Click inside to read what they said…
The organizations said, “While we take no position on the business issues in the litigation between Scarlett Johansson and the Walt Disney Company, we stand firmly against Disney’s recent statement which attempts to characterize Johansson as insensitive or selfish for defending her contractual business rights. This gendered character attack has no place in a business dispute and contributes to an environment in which women and girls are perceived as less able than men to protect their own interests without facing ad hominem criticism.”
Read what Scarlett‘s agent said in response to Disney’s statement.
There’s another Disney star who is reportedly contemplating a lawsuit against the company as well.