Amy Schumer Asked Netflix To Up Her Pay After Learning Male Comedians' Salaries

Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock earned almost double what Schumer did for her comedy special.
Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer

The internet is abuzz with what it collectively thinks Amy Schumer should be paid.

So, the comedian is throwing  her two cents.

On Tuesday, Variety reported that Schumer renegotiated with Netflix for more money after she learned how much Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were paid for their stand-up specials on the streaming service.

And the internet responded like this:

Schumer, who is obviously well-versed in the art of standing up for herself, has responded to the backlash.

On Wednesday, the 35-year-old posted a photo of herself smiling in a kitchen, nearly naked except for underwear and a dog in a hot dog costume covering her chest. Her caption beings with “Hot dog dog,” then reads: “Thank you for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid.”

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Schumer went on to say that she believes “women deserve equal pay,” then acknowledged the criticism: “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.”

According to Variety, Schumer was paid $11 million in 2016 for “The Leather Special,” which premiered in March. At the time that Schumer made the deal with Netflix, she was a pretty hot commodity. She had just graced the cover of Vogue and published her New York Times best-selling memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. The year before, in 2015, she starred in “Trainwreck” and won a 2014 Peabody Award for her show “Inside Amy Schumer.”

So, when Rock and Chappelle made headlines for racking in $20 million per Netflix special, her team asked that the streaming service pay Schumer more money.

And it worked.

Variety did not disclose exactly how much more Schumer made, but reports that “she received significantly more compensation after she raised the question of fairness.”

Cheers to that!

This article was updated on Thursday with Schumer’s response to those who thought she shouldn’t be paid as much as Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle.

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