Amy Schumer — the first female comic to headline a Madison Square Garden show and the first woman to make Forbes magazine’s annual top 10 list of highest-paid comedians — has shot down internet commenters who sniped that she earns too much.
“Hot dog dog. Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid,” the Rockville Centre-raised Schumer, 36, posted on Instagram Wednesday alongside a photo of her standing discreetly topless in a bathroom with a large and colorful plush hot dog covering her breasts.
A Variety article about gender- and race-based pay inequality in Hollywood had aroused some commenters’ ire by mentioning Schumer had renegotiated her $11 million Netflix deal for “The Leather Special” after learning the streaming service paid Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle each $20 million per show.
“I believe women deserve equal pay,” Schumer wrote. “However,” she qualified, “I don’t believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time. I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done. That’s a big deal to me, especially because I know I do my best every night on stage for the audience and they have a good time. I didn’t ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer.”
Schumer cracked the Forbes top 10 in 2016, reaching No. 4 with an estimated $17 million based on her stand-up shows, an $8 million book deal, and movie and TV work including a Super Bowl beer commercial. She slipped to No. 5 this year but more than doubled her earnings, rising to $37.5 million primarily on the strength of “The Leather Special,” her book and TV spots for Bud Light and Old Navy. On June 23, 2016, she sold out Madison Square Garden.