Since we’re currently stuck in that agonizingly long award show drought between the Golden Globes and the Oscars, it’s nice to hear about a couple of Hollywood types recognizing each other for being so woke.

Actress Natalie Portman recently revealed to Marie Claire UK that her “No Strings Attached” co-star, Ashton Kutcher, earned a salary more than three times what she was paid for the same film.

Kutcher tweeted Wednesday that he admired Portman and all other women standing up to close the gender pay gap. Does the Screen Actors Guild know about this problem?

ABC News reports that Kutcher and Portman “join a host of other stars, including Jennifer Lawrence, Patricia Arquette, Sienna Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Bradley Cooper, who have spoken out about the wage gap in Hollywood.” That’s a lot of speaking out, but what exactly is being done?

No, there’s something sinister working to keep this disparity going, and it has the noxious odor of Free Market Capitalism,™ the new scent from Patriarchy, Inc.

This is weird, though: according to Forbes’ list of the highest paid actors of 2016, Kutcher didn’t even chart, while his wife made $11 million, and Jennifer Lawrence earned more than four times that, raking in $46 million. And it turns out the list of top earners is pretty evenly split by gender.

Seeing as the movie industry is such an insular entity, this would seem to be the perfect opportunity for our celebrity mentors to demonstrate to the rest of us just how to close that gap once and for all.

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