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CBS, White Privilege, & The Curious Case of ‘Hawaii Five-NO’

As soon as Verbal SLAPS read about their departure, we knew what time it was. And of course, that was exactly what the deal was!

CBS has been airing the television show Hawaii Five-o since 2010, which features Asian co-stars Chin Ho Kelly and Grace Park. But now entering its eighth season, the two will not be returning for one simple reason.

CBS refused the two of them equal pay.

By comparison, CBS Television Studios, offered the two stars 10-15% less money than their white co-stars on the show, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. In addition to receiving more pay upfront, these two male white stars, get a percentage of the show’s back end profits as well, according to Variety magazine.

The executive producer, Peter Lenkov, issued a statement:

“I will never forget meeting Daniel while still writing the pilot and being certain there was no other actor who I’d want to play Chin Ho Kelly. Needless to say, Daniel has been an instrumental part of the success of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ over the past 7 seasons and it has personally been a privilege to know him. Grace’s presence gave ‘Hawaii Five-0’ a beauty and serenity to each episode. She was the consummate collaborator, helping build her character from day 1. They will always be ohana to us, we will miss them and we wish them both all the best.”


CBS, for its part, added their own statement into the mix:

“We are so appreciative of Daniel and Grace’s enormous talents, professional excellence and the aloha spirit they brought to each and every one of our 168 episodes. They’ve helped us build an exciting new Hawaii Five-0, and we wish them all the best and much success in their next chapters. Mahalo and a hui hou…”

And yet again, another case of white male privilege taking over the world. Now sensible people should add this show to ones to take off their required viewing list in lieu of this f*cked up news.

Triston is an American jetset performance artist, writer, event organizer, and activist based in Europe. As a freelance journalist, he has covered both the underground and mainstream aspects of the arts, culture, music, entertainment, travel, fashion and Fashion Week in several cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to name a few. He has been published in The Huffington Post, Trespass (London), Adaras Magazine (Miami) as well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, Washington Post, Turkish Huriyet and other on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently released his memoir on life in Europe, 'Heaux Confessionals'. As a solo performer and with his band $kandal Du$t, he has toured in some of the world's most renowned clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide.

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