Now, a petition originated at Care2, which bills itself as "the world's largest community for good", has been addressed to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Smith, seeking a donation of the difference in Smith and Foy's paychecks to the Time'sUp Legal Defense Fund.
The producers have already promised that they will adopt pay parity in the season three, which will move forward without Foy and Smith as it deals with the later years of the queen's life. The petition has a goal set for 25,000 signatures and at the time of reporting, almost 23,000 signatures have been obtained.
The petition comes after "The Crown" executive producer Andy Harries, creative director Suzanne Mackie and production designer Martin Childs were speaking at a panel about the series at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday when the topic of pay was raised.More news: Google Play Instant: Try games without downloading them
The Silicon Valley-based social network of activists advocates for women's rights, animal rights and civil rights. New actors are being brought in to take over Foy and Smith's roles, among others, for the previously announced third and fourth seasons, with those parts being recast for what is expected to be a fifth and sixth season.
The message on the profile continued to read, "Women in all industries are facing a struggle for pay equality". Left Bankand Netflix have also not commented publicly. Women in the USA typically earn 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts for full time work. And the pay gap for women of colour is even more striking. Black women typically only make 63 cents for every dollar paid to their white male counterparts and Latinx women only make 54 cents on average.
The page, created by a user called Rebecca G, ends by calling on Netflix and the British actor "to show that they stand with women and do the right thing".More news: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defends "konnichiwa" comment to congresswoman
A similar petition had asked Mark Wahlberg to donate the United States dollars 1.5 million more that he made during reshoots for All the Money in the World after it was revealed that Michelle Williams was paid just USD 1,000 for the same work.
Wahlberg then donated his $1.5 million to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in Williams' name, saying, "I 100% support the fight for fair pay".More news: Putin has genuine support in Russia: Finnish FM