Things are getting ugly between Scarlett Johansson and Disney. If you haven’t seen, Johansson has sued Disney due to a breach in her contract over Black Widow’s Disney Plus release. To clarify, the lawsuit is due to Disney not renegotiating with Johansson over the decision to release her solo film on the streaming platform as well as in theaters. The lawsuit is not over the fact that the film also went to Disney Plus due to the COVId-19 pandemic, it’s just over Disney not including this in the contract.
However, Disney has taken to attacking the Marvel star’s character – calling her “callous” and that she’s disregarded the “horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Representatives for Scarlett Johansson say that the actress is shocked by the company’s response.
Johansson’s agent, as well as the CAA co-chairman; Bryan Lourd put out a statement, slamming Disney for:
“Shamelessly and falsely accus[ing] Ms. Johansson of being insensitive to the global COVID pandemic, in an attempt to make her appear to be someone they and I know she isn’t.”
“The company included her salary in their press statement in an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and businesswoman, as if that were something she should be ashamed of,” reads the statement from Lourd, who said the lawsuit was filed “a result of Disney’s decision to knowingly violate Scarlett’s contract.”
“They have very deliberately moved the revenue stream and profits to the Disney+ side of the company leaving artistic and financial partners out of their new equation…Disney’s direct attack on her character and all else they implied is beneath the company that many of us in the creative community have worked with successfully for decades.”
In addition, Marvel Studios President and producer Kevin Feige is also “angry and embarrassed” over Disney’s reaction to Johansson’s lawsuit.
What do you think of Disney’s response to Johansson’s lawsuit?
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