She has money. You know it, I know it and she knows it.
ScarJo knows none of us will ever earn what she does. And she doesn’t want to talk about it, she doesn’t want to acknowledge it and she certainly doesn’t want dwell on it.
And if the story stopped there, it would be okay. It’d be lovely, in fact.
A rare dose of self-effacing modesty and self-awareness that doesn’t come in leaps and bounds in Hollywood. It would be an anomaly in a world where money is indispensable and dollar bills fall from pockets.
So when ScarJo told Cosmopolitan this week that it would be “icky” for her to talk about the pay gap given her fortunate position, it would almost be okay. Almost.
To be specific, she told the magazine, "there’s something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole".
“I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage.
“I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious,” she said. “It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”
I understand where ScarJo is going with this. What does she really know about inequality? Of course, being wealthy doesn't immediately disqualify you from feeling pain and having money and having problems are certainly not mutually exclusive.
But inequality? Not so common for someone who is rumoured to have earned an estimated $17.5m for her upcoming action thriller Ghost in the Shell.
The issue here doesn't lie in the fact that Johansson earns as much as she does, or the fact she doesn't believe she is paid less that her male counter-parts. Because it's probably true.
The issue isn't even that Johansson wants to have this conversation as part of a "greater" and more inclusive "whole". I mean, hell, it's a little refreshing to hear a high-profile woman admit that feminism is a conversation she wants to be a part of.
The issue right here is that Johansson can acknowledge the fact she's paid the same as her male counter-parts "at this stage". At. This. Stage.
Call me pedantic, but that logic seems a little flawed.
It's saying that yes, inequality exists, and yes, many women around me are paid less then their male-counter parts, but at the moment it doesn't affect me. So I will wait until it does, and then I will speak out.
And that's the thing that bothers me the most. That Johansson can see the pay gap shit-storm raining around her, but wants to stand in the middle with her million-dollar umbrella, refusing to shield anyone else.