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Rob Schneider Tells Wage Gap Joke That's Sure to Tick Off Hollywood Feminists

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He better hope Hollywood can take a joke.

Rob Schneider, a veteran Hollywood comedian who made his bones on “Saturday Night Live” almost 30 years ago, has made a habit of late of knocking liberals out of their comfort zones.

Not only has he knocked the current “SNL” cast for its incessant attacks on President Donald Trump, he published a Twitter post this week taking on one of the most sacred cows in the leftist worldview.

In a tweet Monday, Schneider used some self-deprecating humor to poke fun at the liberal obsession with equal pay for equal work — except Schneider put his own unorthodox twist on it.

“I, Rob Schneider, will no longer take projects that do not pay women equally,” he wrote. “Even if that means lowering the woman’s salary substantially.”

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As far as cultural flashpoints go, that’s right up there with sex assault and the #MeToo crowd.

It might have gone over a few readers’ heads, though.

And some aplauded Schneider for that very reason.

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Schneider was talking tongue in cheek, of course. But the point he was making about the equal pay “issue” was dead on. Basically, the so-called “wage gap” for women is a myth fed by a mainstream media that has no problem propagating the idea the women are only paid 77 cents per hour of work for each dollar a man is paid.

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As Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, has pointed out, the claim has been endlessly debunked by professional economists.

“The bottom line: the 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure or hours worked per week. When such relevant factors are considered, the wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing,” Sommers wrote In a 2016 Op-Ed for Time magazine.

But claims of wage disparity have been reprised just as endlessly by opportunistic politicians like former Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (whose campaign was actually guilty of the practice) who see it as a way to tarnish the kind of productive, job-creating businesses liberals despise, while riling up their own leftist base.

Since most people in Hollywood march in lockstep to the liberal cause, the wage gap is considered such gospel truth that conservative filmmaker Austen “Fleccas” Fletcher freaked out aspiring actors and actresses at a casting call by having them read actual statistics that prove — again — the claim is bunk.

But aspiring actresses and actors aren’t the real powers that be in Hollywood. Tinseltown’s most important names — from liberal up-and-comers like Emma Watson to liberal grande dames like Meryl Street — believe in the “gender gap” as an article of faith, so Schneider’s post could well come back to bite him on the career before all is said and done.

Conservative actor James Woods is famous for his caustic tweets mocking Hollywood and liberal causes. As LifeZette reported in February, he’s also famous for being blacklisted by the same Hollywood liberals who espouse those causes.

Let’s hope Schneider doesn’t face the same fate.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.
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