Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Paid Claire Foy Less Than Matt Smith

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The show will now be embracing pay parity

For those who still think that the gender pay gap is no longer an issue, think again. Producers from Netflix's popular series The Crown recently admitted that Claire Foy, the show's star, was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith for the first two seasons of the show. 

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Left Bank creative director and exec producer Suzanne Mackie spoke out about the issue during the INTV Conference in Jerusalem, stating that, “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.” She also explained that Smith's experience and fame while on Doctor Who is what caused the salary disparity. Hmmm.

But the irony of the situation wasn't lost on fans of the show, who took to Twitter to point out that Foy, who not only was the lead character in the series but won several awards for her performance, played a queen, while Smith played a prince.  

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For the show's third season, Olivia Colman will take over for Foy as Queen Elizabeth in the later years. While who will take over from Smith as an older Prince Phillip has yet to be announced, Helena Bonham Carter will take over Vanessa Kirby's role as Princess Margaret. New characters, including Princess Diana, also have yet to be announced. And while it's great that the show is now being transparent moving forward, what's good with a reimbursement check for Foy's retirement?

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.