‘Female Models Get Paid More’ When Nadal’s Striking Take On Gender Pay Gap Split The Internet

Recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) disclosed the annual contracts for the members of the Indian women’s cricket team. They organised the players into three categories A, B, and C with fixed contracts of Rs. 50 Lakh, Rs. 30 Lakh, and Rs. 10 Lakh, respectively.

A month ago, the BCCI had practiced a similar exercise for the men’s team as well, while segregating the Men in Blue into four categories, A+, A, B and C with contracts worth Rs. 7 Crore, Rs. 5 Crore, Rs. 3 Crore and Rs. 1 Crore, respectively.

Now obviously, when the two sides are compared, the gender pay gap is simply extensive. However, when it comes to industries such as entertainment and sports, the debate becomes a lot more complicated.

There are certain professions in which the revenue generated depends on the number of eyeballs gathered and therefore many also believe that such a pay gap is justified. The idea is that when the two sides begin to draw equal attention and revenue, the pay gap will approximately close out and end eventually.

One of the best tennis stars in the world, Rafael Nadal spoke about this topic a couple of years ago and he belongs to a similar school of thought. However, back then, the south-paw was booed out of the building after his comments were viewed as sexist and narcissistic in nature.

Here’s what Nadal had said when asked about the gender pay gap in the tennis community:

“It’s a comparison we shouldn’t even make. Female models earn more than male models and nobody says anything. Why? Because they have a larger following. In tennis too, who gathers a larger audience earns more,” he had said in the interview with Io Donna, an Italian magazine.

Back then, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was at the sharp end of the spear on social media:

However, in recent times, the opinion has developed a lot more momentum with fans and followers continuing to use Nadal’s take to justify why the existence of his pay gap makes sense.

Last year, one of the leading Indian cricketers, Smriti Mandhana had also presented her opinion on the pay gap between Indian men and women cricketers and had said that it was unfair for them to demand equal pay at the moment simply because the generated revenue gap between the two sides was big.

Check out Smriti Mandhana’s complete interview on the gender pay gap.