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Mark Wahlberg Donates $1.5 Million Salary to Time’s Up Campaign in Michelle Williams’ Name After Pay Gap Exposed

After the news that Michelle Williams made 1,500 times less than co-star Mark Wahlberg for All the Money in the World reshoots went viral, many — including celebrities like Jessica Chastain and Williams' longtime BFF Busy Philipps — publicly spoke out. The reshooting had taken place when director Ridley Scott replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer for the leading role of J. Paul Getty due to Spacey’s numerous accusations of sexual misconduct, only months before the world premiere of the film. According to USA Today, Wahlberg received $1.5 million, while Williams made less than $1,000.

On Saturday, Wahlberg donated his $1.5 million in Williams' name to Time’s Up, a campaign focused on defending accusers of discrimination, sexual harassment and abuse. 

Williams released a statement praising Wahlberg and his talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME), which donated an additional $500,000.

Her statement reads: "Today isn't about me. My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted. If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice. Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment. Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours."

Others are not so happy about the donation.

Some claim that Wahlberg only donated in order to cover up that he asked for the $1.5 million for reshooting.

Regardless of Wahlberg's intentions, I'm happy to see the money support the Time's Up movement. It's important that others become aware of the injustice and inequality found in the workplace and that we learn how to do something about it.

All the Money in the World is in theaters now.

Maci is currently a junior at California State University, Northridge with a major in Entertainment Media Management. When she's not writing posts for Her Campus, she can be found managing her YouTube channel simplymaci, reading at a local bookstore, training for the LA Marathon, and taking pictures of Instagrammable food. Maci loves Harry Styles, traveling, Harry Potter, and watching British television shows in the hope that one day, she too will live in England. You can keep up with her adventure on Instagram and Twitter @simplymacix
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