Janet Mock Sheds Light On Unequal Pay For ‘Pose’ In Impassioned Premiere Speech

Janet Mock asked a surprised crowd why she is only ‘making $40,000’ per episode of ‘Pose’ at the Season 3 premiere and declared, ‘f*** Hollywood.’

“F–k Hollywood,” Janet Mock, a director and executive producer on the television series Pose, told a stunned crowd gathered for the FX drama’s Season 3 premiere event at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 30. Janet called attention to her pay and other issues that transgender people in Hollywood face as she said at one point in her roughly 15-minute speech, “This makes you uncomfortable? It should. It should make you f–king shake in your motherf–king boots. This is speaking the truth. This is what Pose is,” according to The Daily Beast.

Janet Mock stuns in a custom gold Atelier Versace dress at the Season 3 premiere of Pose on April 29, 2021. [Shutterstock]

On the topic of her pay, Janet asked the crowd, “Why am I making $40,000 a motherfu–ing episode? Huh? Do you know who the f–k I am? Do you know what I f–king mean? Huh?” She then added, “I am angry. This is truth. This is motherf–king truth.”

Janet also said she didn’t find the quality of the first two episodes of Pose were up to par with the rest of the FX show, since these first episodes were written by men, according to The Daily Beast. This led Janet to call on Ryan Murphy, the show’s co-creator, and asked how he made the show better.

“I wanted to bring in the girls,” Ryan said, which was a reference to Janet and her colleague Our Lady J who have both been working in Pose‘s writers’ room since 2019. Janet even addressed Our Lady J during her speech, whom she apologized to by saying, “I tried to shrink you to make myself bigger. Why couldn’t I just love you?”

The cast of Pose. [Everett]

Janet used the end of her speech to make the industry look at the injustices and inequality that transgender people working in entertainment still face, despite with shows like Pose being made. The FX series focuses on ball culture and the gay and trans community in the late 80’s/early 90’s. “It means so much to everyone to ensure that we enable Black and brown trans women to make it…,” Janet sarcastically said during her speech, per The Daily Beast, before adding, “That sounds good, right? It makes you comfortable, me talking like that. Because then I don’t scare you into facing the f–king truth: You all have stomped on us.”

Janet’s speech has also caused buzz due to the fact that she admitted to being unfaithful to her boyfriend, Angel Bismark Curiel, who plays Lil Papi Evangelista on the show, in front of the entire production. “Today, I was gonna let [Angel] go. I was gonna let you go, right, but what did I do? I f–ked someone on the crew, right?,” she said amid her speech, according to Page Six. She then added, “Angel, Angel. I’m not losing you. You hear me? You are f–king important to me.” HollywoodLife has reached out to Janet Mock’s and Ryan Murphy’s reps for comment, in addition to FX.

It was a bold and brave speech which didn’t sugarcoat any truths. Janet’s co-stars appreciated her honesty, like Angelica Ross who tweeted, “My sister @janetmock left nothing unsaid. I love you girl thank you for advocating for yourself and for #girlslikeus.” 

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