In light of actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park leaving the hit CBS television series “Hawaii Five-0” citing pay disparity, several actors and those involved in the industry have spoken up about discrepancies in pay for Asian Americans in Hollywood.
“Is it suspicious that all the Asian leads in ‘Hawaii Five-0’ left this year, and what does this say about racial and gender bias on actor salaries?” Anderson Le of You Offend Me You Offend My Family wrote.
Kim and Park were both series regulars for the show’s first seven seasons. Kim confirmed via a Facebook post last week that, ahead of its eighth season, he chose to leave after the network failed to offer him pay on par with his co-stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan.
Criticism that the pair’s departure makes the show no different from any other white character-centric cop show on television is ringing loud on social media.
“The two Asian characters are being written off a show set in Hawaii? Not a good look, CBS,” tweeted Carina MacKenzie, a television show writer.
Others in Hollywood have joined the conversation:
— Chris Tashima (@christashima) July 9, 2017
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) July 9, 2017
— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) July 5, 2017
— Ally Maki (@allymaki) July 5, 2017
All the other actors had to do is stand with them in solidarity and the issue would have been quickly resolved. https://t.co/U8u6uo5Rmq
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 30, 2017
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) July 4, 2017
— Peter Kwong (@Taichispirit) July 1, 2017
— Seth Gabel (@sethgabel) July 5, 2017
— Ian Anthony Dale (@IanAnthonyDale) July 5, 2017