“There has been a lot of conversation and speculation the last few days regarding my black-ish salary. I was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show,” Ellis Ross wrote on Twitter, addressing a report from The Hollywood Reporter that claimed she was paid considerably less money than her costar Anthony Anderson — who also serves as an executive producer for the show. The report also alleged she was considering appearing in fewer episodes if she could not renegotiate her salary.
Although Ellis Ross did not explicitly confirm the pay gap between her and Anderson’s salaries, she did go on to say, “I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.”
“The words and thoughts that were in the original article that started this public conversation were not mine; there were never any threats. I wish I would have been called by the reporter to confirm that,” she added.
The 45-year-old actress concluded her message by saying that even though “having had my renegotiation become a public conversation was awkward,” she was “grateful for the outpouring of support.”
“I’m truly thankful that important conversations are taking place about fighting for women’s worth and equality, and tightening the pay gap in every industry,” she wrote.
— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) January 21, 2018
Ross has been a very vocal supporter of the Time’s Up movement.
On the Golden Globes red carpet, Ross explained her decision to wear all black by saying, “I wear black today as a ‘we’ not as an ‘I,’ as a celebration of our collective power as women, as an embodiment of sisterhood, solidarity and the work being done to create structural change.”
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“We wear black for equity, parity and inclusion across all industries,” she added. “We wear black to join with the voices of ALL women, particularly women of color, LGBTQX women, disabled women and all other women who have been disproportionately affected by sexual violence. TIMES UP on discrimination, harassment and abuse.”
To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.
Following her red carpet appearance, she joined a number of Hollywood actresses who sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey and discussed the importance of breaking the silence and supporting women who do not have a public platform or voice.
“There’s a constructive fury that has resulted in a resolute pursuit of equity,” she said. “This is not just my hurt, this is more than my hurt. This is not just my anger, this is our anger. And instead of it just being a feeling, it’s becoming an action.”