Hollywood’s executive producer and director of the FX drama, Pose, Janet Mock, used the show’s season three premiere to blow up the industry and ask why she and her trans drama co-stars were no longer being paid for their work.
The television series is about the African American and Latino LGBTQ and gender nonconforming drag ball culture scene in New York City in the 1980s and 1990s.
But during a rare in-person premiere during the COVID pandemic, held Thursday night in New York City, Mock, 38, left those in attendance in the 100-strong audience stunned after a fiery speech lasting nearly 15 minutes.
Writer, director and executive producer of the FX series Pose, Janet Mock, 38, strongly criticized Hollywood during the show’s season premiere event
“When a talent asks you for a suite, you give them a suite because they need it,” Mock began.
‘I want to get paid more. Why am I making $ 40,000 per episode? Huh? Mock wondered allowed. ‘Do you know who I am? Do you know what I mean? ‘
“I’m mad!” She continued, demanding more money and perks equivalent to those of other television directors.
‘I’m in pain, everyone. I see injustice and it hurts me inside, ”Mock said at the event The everyday beast.
‘F *** Hollywood… Do you find this uncomfortable? It should be. It should make you fucking vibrate in your fucking boots. This is telling the truth. This is what Pose is. ‘
Mock spoke on stage for almost 15 minutes and asked why she was no longer being paid for her work on the series, at one point he said, ‘F *** Hollywood’. She is pictured, center, with Billy Porter, left, and the show’s co-creator, Ryan Murphy, right
She addressed Pose co-creator Ryan Murphy in the picture, questioning the quality of the episodes written by men that aired during the show’s first season before bringing in female writers.
Mock, a trans woman and activist, spoke for nearly 15 minutes as she lamented the quality of the show’s writing in front of several Hollywood bosses gathered for the occasion.
Mock noted that the show’s first two episodes were written by male writers only.
While onstage, she addressed the show’s co-creator and Hollywood mogul Ryan Murphy directly and publicly asked him what he was doing to address the issue.
‘Who brought the girls in?’ She asked him. “Yes,” Murphy replied. ‘I wish the girls were there. I wanted to bring the girls in. ‘
“You brought … girls to help you,” Mock said to Murphy.
Mock said she was getting $ 40,000 per episode, but she was making more
‘It’s a show, but it means so much to everyone to’ make sure black and brown trans women can make it ‘because that sounds good,’ ‘Mock said sarcastically.
“It makes you comfortable talking like that, because then I won’t scare you to face the damn truth. You attacked us all! ‘
Mock joined the series as a writer and climbed through the ranks as a producer before eventually directing the show.
Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez and Angel Bismark Curiel in a scene from Pose in 2018
She signed a multi-year deal with Netflix in 2019, becoming the first transgender to land an overall studio deal.
“In my 25-year career, it’s the most important thing I’ve been a part of,” Murphy said of Pose. And it’s the thing I think I’m most proud to consider myself a part of.
“This is what Pose taught me,” she said at the event. ‘I’m bigger in the world because of this show. I know I matter because of this show. I have a vote for this show. ‘
Pose season 3 premieres on FX this Sunday.