Patricia Arquette: “I Don’t Care If People Are Pissed” About My Oscars Equal Pay Comments
Patricia Arquette is under fire for comments she made about wage equality at Sunday’s Oscars, but the Best Supporting Actress winner is not backing down. As Gossip Cop reported, Arquette at first received raves for her empowering acceptance speech, in which she argued for equal pay for both sexes. But when speaking to the press backstage, Arquette called out the gay and black communities for allegedly not joining women in the fight.
Arquette targeting those two groups, who are still in a battle for their own equal rights in many areas, didn’t sit well with some, and the star took to Twitter on Monday to respond to the backlash in a series of tweets in which she stood by her comments. On Monday night she wrote, “I don’t care if people are pissed. The truth is that wage inequality adversely effects women.” Arquette then went on to reiterate some of her points.
“Did you know that a disproportionate amount of children living below the poverty line are from single female households?” she asked, further tweeting, “This is a call to action. Women are being discriminated and it is having serious consequences on them and their children.” Arquette then wrote, “My children are not living below the poverty line. That doesn’t mean I don’t care about the kids who are. DO YOU? Then help their moms.”
Earlier Monday Arquette had also tweeted a defense of her remarks, writing, “Wage equality will help ALL women of all races in America… I have long been an advocate for the rights of the #LBGT community. The question is why aren’t you an advocate for equality for ALL women?” As Gossip Cop recently reported, Arquette has a transgender sister.
Arquette went on, “If you are fighting against #Equalpay you are fighting for ALL women and especially women of color to make less money than men. She added, “Guess which women are the most negatively effected in wage inequality? Women of color. #Equalpay for ALL women. Women stand together in this.” What do you of Arquette’s comments?