Hawaii Five-O stars quit due to pay inequality

Posted Sunday 09 Jul 2017

On the other side of the Pacific, a storm has broken, over pay equity for women and people of colour.

"Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have decided to leave Hawaii Five-O after starring on the hit show for seven seasons due to pay inequality. The pair starred as Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, respectively, two of the show's lead characters. Without Kim and Park in Hawaii Five-O, there will be no Asian or Pacific Islander leads in a show set in Hawaii...

"Kim and Park have starred alongside Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan since 2010, yet reportedly made between 10 to 15 percent less than their white co-stars. When Kim and Park entered wage negotiations with CBS, they were offered raises that would not have closed that gap...

"Kim and Park's fight for equal pay highlights a greater issue in Hollywood: the need for equity not just in pay scales but also in casting opportunities for women and people of color in media."

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