Some of my older relatives were socialists back in the 1930’s and 1940’s, and sometimes I think I have some of their politics in my blood. I wonder if it is fair for someone to make more money than they can ever possibly need. Hey, I’m all for someone to work hard and become a multi-millionaire. But is it fair when a CEO of a company is making 1000x more than the average worker at the company. Wouldn’t it be nice for a CEO to say, “Now I own four homes around the world and seventeen cars. Enough is enough?”
In Los Angeles, did you know that 80 percent of SAG members earned less than $5,000 from acting annually, and fewer than 5 percent earned more than $35,000? I’ve very happy Nicole Kidman makes $120 million dollars a year. If she can bring in the box office, then she deserves it. But why does she need to do commercials for Chanel No. 5? I love Catherine Zeta-Jones, but does she really need to do those T-Mobile commercials? Why don’t these actresses suggest hiring some fellow SAG actress who could use the extra money?
But nothing has disappointed me as much as the knowledge that one of my favorite actors has recently “sold out” for the money.