Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston Get Real in Their "SNL" Skit About Equal Pay
Equal pay is a major issue in Hollywood and industries across the board, with women older than 36 earning as much as 76 percent less than their male colleagues. And although that's normally no laughing matter, in the most recent episode of "Saturday Night Live," show host Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston were on hand to remind us just how far we still have to go — and Kate McKinnon was there to show us how far we've come.
Allow us to explain: The setting for the skit was a women-in-film panel with guests Leslie Jones, Stone, and Aniston, as well as McKinnon playing aging actress Debette Goldry. When asked by moderator Cecelia Prince (Sasheer Zamata) what is still holding women back from earning the same amount of as men, Stone and Aniston brought up a few real-world pressures that women in Hollywood face.
"I think there are all these tiny things, like you have to change your hair to fit your 'type,'" said Stone. "And you have to act a certain way so you don't get labeled as difficult," Aniston chimed in.
Of course, Debette, had a few different ideas about the challenges actresses face — like, for instance, being forced to take arsenic tablets for better skin back in the day. (P.S.: Arsenic is poisonous.) And when it came to equal pay, Debette's thinking hadn't evolved much since her time on screen: women, she said, are just lying on train tracks waiting to get run over while men put in the "real" work. She added that women in her day were so objectified that they were actually part of the props department. "When I wasn't filming I had to sit on a little table next to a piece of masking tape that said 'woman,'" she explained.
The panel also touched on how women's roles in entertainment have expanded. Stone said that the vibe on set is better overall when women are included. Aniston also brought up the fact that she's a director. "Oh, I see. Your husband comes to set dressed up as a plant, whispers the ideas. Got it," Debette responded.
Seriously, though, it's nice to see such an important issue get a mention on a platform as huge as "SNL." And of course, it never hurts to throw a few laughs in for good measure.
Watch the full clip below.
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