“Crazy Rich Asians” Writer Takes A Stand


>>Let’s talking about the sequel to one of
the most awesome movies that’s come out recently. A co-writer on the Crazy Rich Asians sequel
has decided to leave the writing team. And here’s what we know. Adele Lim was offered $110,000 plus for her
work, while starting offers for her co-writer were $800,000 to $1,000,000. This is according to The Hollywood Reporter
sources. So Lim says being evaluated that way can’t
help but make you feel that this is how they view my contributions. She believes women and people of color often
regarded as soy sauce, hired to sprinkle culturally specific details on a screenplay, rather than
credited with the substantive work of crafting the story. Warner Brothers then, I guess at this point
when she left, explained to Lim’s reps that the quotes given to both of them are industry-standard
established ranges based on experience. And that making an exception would set a troubling
precedent in the business. The talks escalated to the studio chairman,
who backed his business affairs department’s stance. So just before we go, and cuz I just have
to, it would set a bad precedent to pay the only Asian woman on the team more, on a movie,
specifically about Asian culture?>>They’re treating her like on Or a more
contemporary reference, like Grey’s Anatomy. That’s how they would pay the doctor.>>Really current, too.>>Yeah, yeah, yeah, Grey’s Anatomy is still
on the air, I think.>>It is.>>The doctor two shows up and it’s like,
yeah, we say the word cc’s and stat a lot, go ahead.>>Right.>>That’s it. The consultant when you do a crime drama,
they’re like, our priority is just putting in the relationships here. Can you show up and tell us what food you
people eat?>>You’re right, exactly. So Lim ended up, she left last fall. That’s what we also know. The producers then spent five months trying
to get another writer of Asian descent onto the team. They couldn’t. So then they go back to Lim with an offer
that’s more comparable to her co-writer. Her co-writer, also I think we should note,
his name is Peter Chiarelli. I hope I’m pronouncing that right. He actually offered to split his fee with
her. She said no, explaining, Pete has been nothing
but incredibly gracious. But what I make shouldn’t be dependent on
the generosity of the white-guy writer. If I couldn’t get pay equity after Crazy Rich
Asians, I can’t imagine what it would be like for anyone else, given that the standard for
how much you’re worth is having established quotes from previous movies, which women of
color would never have been hired for. There’s no realistic way to achieve true equity
that way. That reminds me of, it’s a writer’s thread
that was going on a few months ago, around the strike. And it was trying to uplift, like hey, I see
this a lot. They’ll say hey, we’re looking for a Latino
writer. We specifically want to go after people of
color writers, writers that are marginalized, writers that don’t get opportunities. You must have five so and so, I don’t know
the right lingo.>>Right, yes, you must-
>>But you must have five to submit->>Yeah, yeah, that’s the problem, right,
yeah.>>And an agent, and it’s like, wait.>>That’s the way the-
>>They can’t, that’s the whole reason that you need to, what?>>Right, so we’re looking to make Latino
writers successful. So if you’re a successful Latino writer, please
apply for the job.>>Yeah, if you’ve written a Marvel movie,
cuz that’s the kind of writer we want, someone’s who’s-
>>Right.>>But that’s huge.>>I’d be curious to know what the WGA, the
writer’s guild, the writer’s union, did they have to say anything about this? Cuz I mean, this seems like something that
they should weigh in on.>>I agree.>>Because I mean, you don’t wanna have the
writers pitted against each other here.>>I worked at a talent agency, and there’s
all kinds of fun things. It was about 2004, 2005.>>That’s why, the Entourage reference, that’s
why you got into the business.>>Right when Was in its peak.>>But really, at that time, I remember one
of my first assignments was to go through the tracking sheet, which looks after everything
that’s happening at the studios, and circle every urban movie.>>Fun.>>I love this story, yeah.>>And I was like, that’s in a city. That’s in Oklahoma City, that’s a city, that’s
urban.>>And here it is in Little Rock, that’s a
city.>>And you didn’t think that they meant black?>>And they were like, no, I see what you
thought.>>But it’s black.>>Yeah.>>But also when they do negotiations, a lot
of the negotiation it’s your quote. Your quote is what it’s all based on. And a lot of studios really like operating
on things where they’re like, no, it’s already set and done. But they don’t understand that those things
are set in place. And that’s just how it will always be, unless
you change it.>>Just think about that. Do you know if there were other assistants
who were working alongside you who were black? One of them would have been like, no, bro,
they mean something else.>>Yeah.>>Or even better, if there were more executives
that were black, that name and title wouldn’t have existed to begin with.

100 thoughts on ““Crazy Rich Asians” Writer Takes A Stand

  1. If you followed her career, you would see that she is a complete piece of shit. She constantly screams racism at practically everything and is always begging for more just because she is Asian, which is racist in itself.
    I am Native American and most of my family is Asian, but none of us can stand this piece of human excrement.
    Specifically in this case she was offered standard pay for her position, which is set by both studio policy and by the writer's guild. She is whiney and entitled. Fire her ass.

  2. I'm not a Latino or a writer but I think I want the job if Brett and Brooke will hire me! I'll probably suck at the job but I will look good doing it! Am I hired?

  3. Crazy Rich slant-eyed zipperheads was a great film. Oh wait, that's what I called it when I bought the tickets.

  4. Nonsense. If she's a relatively inexperienced junior writer and that's what junior writers or consultants get paid, then fair enough.

  5. Oh boo hoo. First of all, the film was about East Asians alone and depicted them in a fairly superficial way. Adele has a problem with being discriminated against because of her ethnicity, yet had no problem casting South Asians or darker complexion actors in lower rank roles like drivers and servers? B.S.

  6. She reportedly signed a multi film contract with Disney so she's obviously an in demand writer therefore should have been given a much better offer especially given the success of the first film. Also, you'd think they would have made her an equal offer once they were unsuccessful in finding a replacement.

  7. She's not a colored. Blacks are. In any event, it seems like she wants special privileges because of her ethnicity and gender. It seems she wants that to trump skills and experience. That's the height of arrogance and entitlement.

  8. Same with Hawaii 5 0. The producers made use of Grace Park to sell the series, and after its success went on to pay the white actors more than the Asians. That's gratitude for you.

  9. Regardless of which side you are on, the fact that in 2019 they still have to look for Asian writers shows how little progress we've made. 😮

    Do we often hear folks looking for white actors + black athletes? Some might argue there just aren't too many Asian writers in America and the ones we have aren't as talented as their counterparts of other ethnicity. 😰

    The question I pose is, is that because Asians generally don't care to be writers? There is no system to encourage + buiid successful Asian writers? A mix of both? Also, Adele is the ONLY Asian writer in 50 states? Just like they couldn't find a Japanese actress for Ghost In The Shell I suppose. 😴

  10. That whole movie made me mad about not taxing the rich enough. They should all get paid terribly for glorifying the excesses of capitalism

  11. I'm an asian and Adele Lim sounds like a real b*tch! This would not in anyway help any of us asians, she is just stroking her ego

  12. This crazy rich movie was a real moronic movie that I felt was an ode to consumerism, and the most idiotic movie. I would feel dirty by jus5 seeing this obscene movie again.

  13. How much of the script was she writing? Was she more, equally or less qualified than the other writer? This lady sounds like a real idiot.

  14. You could have strengthened your point by comparing the careers of the two writers, that’s just a free journalism tip for you.

  15. Yes I support her! She has helped a lot of Asians get work in the industry heck even Marvel is coming out with an Asian movie Shang Chi one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe.

  16. Who has ever heard of this show/movie? this yt channel is all about instigating hate and if you people don't see that you are blind & haters yourself

  17. I was shocked by her salary. I was thinking “ that’s what movie writers make?”. I’m glad she stood up for herself and others.

  18. So when it benefits TYT they refer to asians as poc. But when it doesnt fit their narrative they call them white people.

  19. Yeah I would be pretty pissed if I was making 10% of what my co-worker made, but in this case as well as others I strongly feel that the whole pay equity debate ignores working class minorities in favor of those who are wealthy and have influence. Especially among the Asian-American community who have the largest wealth disparity of any minority group. One of the greatest mistakes of mainstream feminism and mainstream liberalism is that they still put the needs of minorities in places of power vs. the the needs of the majority of minority people who go through this crap every day without the luxuries of either a screenwriters' union or a talent agent. Plus I don't think media figures understand just how hard it will be hard to drum up support for a screenwriter for a movie called "Crazy Rich Asians" vs. a regular working Joe/Jane asian who is just trying to make a living. American Liberalism has lost the plot, and a sense of good optics, and is why the true socialist left is making an actual resurgence. Because it promises authentic fairness to all minorities, the poor, and other disenfranchised groups.

  20. She's smart. 🙂 Don't settle. Get what you need.

    In regard to the first movie, I found it very unenjoyable, as it was filled to the brim with characters who I wish would had sank on that party ship like the Titanic… You could have called the movie Obnoxious Rich Assholes.

    I would much rather a prequel about CRA's main character's mother, leaving her husband and starting a new life. I feel that would be much more interesting.

    But I guess promoting the idea that you need to prove yourself worthy to assholes is cool too…

  21. Lim didn’t write the first movie. She was brought on after, literally to help add a bit of culture—but the source material is also from an Asian writer. And so is the director. She’s never written a full length movie. Why should she get paid as much as someone who has successfully written feature films?

  22. This story is such bullshit. She got offered a lower amount because she had zero experience. Yes, she got a co-writing credit for the first film—but it she was brought on after there was a working draft. She wants to get paid the same as someone who’s more experienced without ever having done the work.

    And of course sjw culture at it up.

  23. Crazy rich Asians are buying up neighborhoods to build high price condominiums nobody's going to buy, putting Americans out of homes then adding to the homeless problem, I'm sorry I don't feel bad for a rich Asian who can't get more money

  24. Getting paid just on past pay rates rather than experience is bogus. That means people who have worked for lower fees just to get their foot in the door will always continue to be paid less regardless of their experience/background.

  25. Just sayin’ but those are union jobs…. it’s her unions standards not the standards of the studio. If there is an issue, it’s that she hasn’t had her name against enough work to tick the boxes for the higher offer.

  26. Hopefully the sequel will bomb so we can stop hearing about this culturally appropriated milk toast movie. How about she writes her own indie film with substance that we can all appreciate?🤨

  27. There's so much to this, I do not know where to start… her arrogance and ego is astounding… since this might kill the careers of other asians trying to break in… there are white, black, Latino and other Asian writers who are kicked around every day and exploited who will never have this chance… the studios are an evil machine exploitive. So many interns that work for months and years without pay… it's a prostitution system where execs take advantage and get free tax dollars from public in the form of 300 million in subsidies that could go to homeless… I don't hear you standing up for any them… so you choose to work with the studios so you are condoning that system as long as you get paid… nice ethical stance… she still getting pain more than a single mom working at walmart… it goes to show where her morals are…

  28. minorities in comments hate Asians, 'white worshippers' yada yada….I guess it just rubs in the face of some races inferiority

  29. Totally get where she coming from she speaking her truth ! Just so damn proud of her ! Whites act like they don't understand but I don't buy it ! They choose to not notice these truths! As a woman of color please know that you are not alone! And please don't give up the fight we need people like you! 🌏❤💯

  30. DONT REALLY CARE TO MUCH ABOUT THAT ASIAN MOVIE. NOT A RACIST BUT HOW CAN I CARE ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT THERE SAYING WHEN THAT SEXY BLACKBERRY IS GLOWING SO BRIGHT. LAWWWED HAVE MERCY THAT SISTER IS FINE.

  31. So glad that someone is standing up for her rights and raising her voice! By the way, Americans of Asian descent can write about things beyond just Asian cultural themes. Stereotyping people based on their appearance keeps so many young talents buried.

  32. "based on experience" yeah… she has multitudes of experience of the white dude which name I forgot who doesn't even have a wikipedia entry. like… wow. what a precedent.

  33. I bet Hollywood has a bunch Of undocumented writers who they pay $3 an hour and give them fake Social Security cards with White names for the film credits.

  34. There's some info missing from this story. Was she a consultant, or did she actually co-write the movie? If she wrote, how much was her & how much was the other writer? Cuz if she's just a consultant, of course she got paid less!

  35. Well I guess this is the best way to show how much the Americans treat their Chinese Trading partner. Same like how they treat China, as a second rate trade partners.

  36. Context matters. We don't know how much work they each contributed to the final script. Maybe all she did was punch up the script and he did most of the work.

  37. It is specifically said at 0:49 that the difference in pay was because of experience so what TYT wants people to be pay more JUST because of their race?

  38. 2:34 I am no expert in that industy but it seems that it is simply going to take some time, women and minorities just have to gain experience and have more successes. And the only other alternative seems to be to pay those people more JUST because they are not white men which is the definition of racism and sexism.

  39. glad she stood up for women and for minorities. i wish more people in hollywood would. she wrote one of the top grossing movies of 2018, she should have her pick of where to work and have at least equal pay, if not more.

  40. "One of the most awesome movies to come out " ? Brooke doesn't seem to be aware of the opinion Crazy rich Asians would have about her blackness, ROFL.

    Up until 20 years ago , alot of Asians thought black people had TAILS. Find better "allies" Brooke. Asians don't give a shit about ANYONE who isn't Asian. They embody all the BAD qualities white people are stigmatized for, but with impunity. There's a reason they're irrelevant. They're self-serving. Like the Chinese guy who owns the shop in the "hood". He doesn't want anything to do with those "monkys" (as they're known in Asian communities) . He just needs their green money. The producers are smart because they understood that Asians will love ANYTHING…SO LONG AS IT'S ASIAN.

    There's an article about the reason Asians don't support "BLM". Apparently it was because BLM didn't SPECIFICALLY indicate that "Black AND ASIAN Lives Matter". Asians can't help fix social issues because they only have loyalty to their own, and no one calls them out on it. Brooke is calling this garbage movie "awesome" because she's enamored with the notion of helping empower people, but her ignorance blinds her from the fact that Asians feel that black people are ugly. Don't believe me ? Look up Indonesian opinions of the movie. Even Asians with darker complexions hate this movie. Can we cover some actual news TYT ? Should she get equal pay ? Absolutely. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, but the truth is that you shouldn't Ally yourself with people who secretly care NOTHING for you.

  41. "Awesome movie?" It was the same, tired story they did 100 times before, just with Godzilla-runners this time. "Girl out of place with rich socialites". Pretty Woman was funnier.

  42. THIS IS WHY ASIAN AMERICANS NEED TO WAKE UP —– BEING WHITE PEOPLE'S FAVORITE OR "MODEL" MINORITY WILL NOT GIVE YOU THE EQUALITY THAT ASIAN AMERICANS SHOULD HAVE — ASIAN AMERICANS OUTPERFORM WHITE PEOPLE ACADEMICALLY, YET EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, THE WHITE MAN STILL DOMINATES, WELL ABOVE HIS QUALIFICATIONS (LOOK AT THE PIG IN THE WHITE HOUSE) AND WELL ABOVE THEIR % OF THE POPULATION — I KNOW THAT YOUNGER ASIAN AMERICANS ARE MORE PROGRESSIVE AND VOCAL IN THEIR CONDEMNATION OF WHITE SUPREMACY AND DISCRIMINATION THAT ASIAN AMERICANS EXPERIENCE. I THINK TOO MANY ASIAN AMERICANS FELL FOR THE WHITE SUPREMACY LIE, THAT IF YOU "BE LIKE US", KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN, BE QUIET, DON'T ROCK THE BOAT (LIKE THAT BLACKS) WE'LL GIVE YOU CRUMBS FROM THE RACIST, WHITE SUPREMACIST STRUCTURE OF SOCIETY. THANKFULLY,E ESPECIALLY IN THE AGE OF TRUMP, MORE ASIAN AMERICANS ARE WAKING UP TO THIS SCAM.

  43. Well her attitude goes against the racist white incels who drools all over Asian women because they think their submissive.

  44. I can't agree or disagree about an industry I've no experience in if there are no comparisons made. No important questions were asked. How many writing credits do each have? Time in the industry? Does writer pay jump after a success like a director's typically does? I feel like there was no substance here.

  45. Movie sucked booty cheeks. Also Asian descent? Can you be specific, because I doubt they'd want a dark skinned Indian.

  46. Umm! I don't know much about the both writers experience. The fact that she is Asian should be of significant weight as the other writers experience.

  47. I agree…Why the hell do we have Chinese, Mexican, Canadian, European, Russians, and Africans producing, writing, editing, or directing in American films? SO RACIST!

  48. It wouldn't set a dangerous precedent to pay the only Asian woman on the writing staff more, rather it would set a dangerous precedent to pay less experienced people more than they're worth/deserve.

  49. The Asian lady said " you hurry up an buy script. You hurry up and buy! me too much boom boom make ah movie you gimme monay! gimme monay! come on! on sale 19.95 you gime monay!

  50. Co-writer means co-writer. It’s racist to reward someone for being a certain race. And asians make more money than whites per-capita. Get promoted to lead writer and THEN demand more money.

  51. By that logic, white people should be paid more when the movie is about white people, which is the rest of them. Yeah, okay.

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