It’s not every day in Hollywood that a leftist realizes they might share some of the blame when it comes to society’s ills. Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo recently revealed her moment of self-awareness on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show.
While most fingers in Hollywood point to everyone and everything else when it comes to actors making more than actresses, Pompeo asserted that it’s high time the women in Tinsel Town take a bit of responsibility in keeping that pay gap going.
Pompeo, 48, just renegotiated her contract for the TV series of which she has played Dr. Meredith Grey for the last 13 years. She can now boast that she is the highest-paid actress on a TV drama, making $575,000 per episode over the next two seasons. Pompeo was on last month’s cover of The Hollywood Reporter which dubbed her “TV’s $20 Million Woman.”
Speaking with Kimmel, Pompeo suggested that maybe it was her fault that she didn’t get this pay raise sooner and not some larger gender discrimination conspiracy:
“I’m grateful that [the cover story] was received in the way in which I intended it to be, which was as an empowering story for women and to also be very honest about my faults and my shortcomings. Because I think that there’s a lot of blame, especially right now. People are blaming people. There’s a lot of finger pointing, but there’s less people owning up to their side of things. And I wanted to sort of do a truthful interview and talk about my road to my own empowerment and how I got there, but also mistakes I’ve made along the way.
“As women, you know, it’s not only about what’s done to us or what’s not given to us. It’s what don’t we ask for. You know, how much of it is [it] isn’t given to us, or is it that we don’t ask? I think that as much as we can point the finger at other people and [say], ‘You don’t give us or you don’t treat us fairly,’ We also have to point the finger at ourselves and say, ‘Did we ask? Did we step up and have the uh, gumption, to ask for what a man would?’
“We have to own our part of it. And sometimes we’re too shy; we’re too afraid to be seen as difficult to really speak our mind.”
Kimmel found it all “interesting” before the two slipped into a typical conversation about identity politics. But for one, brief moment, a Hollywood leftist told the truth about the mythical wage gap.