A vlogger by the name of Cyn G has recently gained traction for a whole host of controversial issues, with the latest flaring up some because of its timing. While some outlets spin the death of Chadwick Boseman in an uplifting manner, she’s pointed out a problematic action he took that has just been revealed – paying a White actress more on one of his last projects.
Many have come forward to talk about Chadwick’s kindness and generosity, including co-stars like Michael B. Jordan, Denzel Washington and others. Boseman was private about his condition until the end, despite his penchant for helping others while needing help himself.
Another co-star of Chadwick Boseman has spoken out, but some aren’t finding her story as heartwarming as the others have been.
Actress Sienna Miller starred alongside Boseman in one of his last movies currently available, 21 Bridges. In an interview with Empire, she shared how the actor pursued her for the role and then also made sure she got her worth.
“He produced 21 Bridges and had been really active in trying to get me to do it,” Miller says. “I’d been working non-stop and I was exhausted, but then I wanted to work with him.” Ultimately, she had a number that would entice her to take the role, which the studio didn’t agree with. Until producer Boseman stepped in.
“And because I was hesitant to go back to work and my daughter was starting school and it was an inconvenient time, I said, ‘I’ll do it if I’m compensated in the right way.’ And Chadwick ended up donating some of his salary to get me to the number that I had asked for. He said that that was what I deserved to be paid,” Miller said.
Vlogger Cyn G takes the stance that she’s tired of Black men going above and beyond to show their investment in other communities, while people on Twitter believe that the gesture is “progressive” and shows how nice of a person that Boseman was.
“I’m not going to come on here and speak ill of the dead, but what I am going to do is…I just want to talk about this pathology that black men have especially with regards to ownership, being in the industry and somehow making it their life mission to win favor with men of no color.”
While there’s been a few cases over the years of people and organizations trying to address the pay gap in Hollywood, some people took issue with the fact that Chadwick was willing to give part of his salary to a White co-star, saying it wouldn’t have happened if she was a Black woman – and mentioned actress Viola Davis.
Davis has spoken up on this issue before. In an interview that went viral, she forcefully spoke out about pay disparity that she suffers from, even with having tons of industry awards.
“People say, ‘You’re a Black Meryl Streep. You are, and we love you! We love you. There is no one like you,’” she recalled hearing from executives. “OK, then if there is no one like me, if you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth. You give me what I’m worth!”
Ultimately, Davis wasn’t in the movie with Boseman and Miller was, and him deciding to help a woman achieve parity with himself was a great gesture. Normally, it wouldn’t have happened but since Boseman was a producer on the film (in addition to be an actor), he had more leverage in this regard.
Chadwick boseman really was a nice guy because there is no way in HELL I’m giving money to a white woman— Slim Charles (@DonyFresh24) September 29, 2020
Still, the optics of him going to this extent to help Miller seems to have ruffled a few feathers. Miller spoke on the story to share how powerful it was for her as a woman to be helped by another man in the business of Hollywood, but it still highlights the fact that Black women actresses are still fighting for the exact same thing.