Scarlett Johansson sparked outrage when she announced that she would be suing Disney for allegedly violating her contract, but Hollywood has been silent.
The Disney+ streaming service opted to broadcast “Black Widow” at the same time that movie was released in theatres, a move she said lost her millions.
“This filing has no validity whatsoever,” Disney said in response to the lawsuit on Thursday.
In its callous disdain for the catastrophic and long-term worldwide repercussions of the COVID-19 epidemic, the case is extremely tragic and upsetting…
Ms. Johansson’s contract has been completely honoured by Disney, and the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has greatly increased her opportunity to collect extra pay on top of the $20 million she has already received.”
Despite the “woke” action, Johansson’s “Avengers” co-stars and Hollywood colleagues appear to remain mute at the time, presumably not offering any support.
Fans, however, who were disappointed by her news, have now expressed their displeasure on social media.
“It doesn’t matter how wealthy Scarlett Johansson is. One admirer said, She was f–ked over due to a violation of contract, and she should sue. You can’t say you support professional women demanding what they’re worth and promised and then say, ‘except for her, she’s great the way she is.’”
“If @Disney can backstab Scarlett Johansson after 10 years of working with her, there’s no knowing how they’ll screw up your new favourites.”
“#BoycottDisney,” said a ScarJo fan page.
“Scarlett Johansson isn’t being greedy here,” another enraged admirer said. Disney attempted to cheat her out of what she was entitled by releasing ‘Black Widow’ on Disney+ and then not counting the income towards her projected compensation, as is done with Box Office tickets. Disney, f–k you.”
Others, though, appeared to differ.
“Aren’t y’all worried about Scarlett Johansson???? Is this the same woman who supported [Harvey] Weinstein? “Can’t be,” one user remarked, referring to her decision to drop out of a film in which she was set to play a transgender character.
Johansson, 36, has already spoken out against her Marvel character being treated like a “piece of ass” in previous flicks.
The unique origin tale of her Natasha Romanoff persona is told in July’s “Black Widow.”
The actress, who is married to Colin Jost of “Saturday Night Live,” has expressed her displeasure with her character’s hypersexualization.
“I mean, you look back at ‘Iron Man 2,’ and although it was very fun and had a lot of wonderful moments in it, the character is so sexualized, you know?” the “Marriage Story” actress said during a press visit to the set of the film in 2019.
She was treated as if she were a piece of anything, like a property, a thing, or something — as if she were a piece of ass. At one point, Tony [Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr.] even speaks to her in that manner. What does he have to say? ‘I’d want some.’