Crazy Rich Asians Asian Writer Receives Low Pay

Crazy Rich Asians was a huge success earning $238 million worldwide from a $30 million budget. It was such a massive success that they are filming movies two and three back to back. Jon M. Chu planned on keeping his creative team together for the next two films, but Adele Lim, a veteran tv writer, decided to quit the sequels. Her decision came after a discrepancy between her pay gap with another writer. Adele Lim was offered $110,000+ to write the sequels while her white male counterpart Peter Chiarelli has an offer of $800,000- $1 million.

People believe it’s because she has two things against her, being a woman and being Asian. Warner Brothers claim was, “industry-standard established ranges based on experience and that making an exception would set a troubling precedent in the business,” but with such a massive success on the first one, which is based on an Asian movie, why would you discredit and low ball the ASIAN writer that helped keep the story accurate to Asian culture and entertaining.

Adele told Hollywood Reporter, “Being evaluated that way can’t help but make you feel that is how they view my contributions,” while also stating that she feels women and people of color are only hired to give movies cultural details, and she referred to it as “soy sauce.”

Peter offered to split his money with Adele, but Adele felt like that was not his position to do, and rightfully declined. “Pete has been nothing but incredibly gracious, but what I make shouldn’t be dependent on the generosity of the white-guy writer,” she says. “If I couldn’t get pay equity after CRA, I can’t imagine what it would be like for anyone else, given that the standard for how much you’re worth is having established quotes from previous movies, which women of color would never have been [hired for]. There’s no realistic way to achieve true equity that way.”

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