One of the many, many, many feminist outrages this year seemed to be about multi-millionaire actress getting paid less multi-millions than their male counterparts. Ground zero for this seemed to be Jennifer Lawrence, and blame was placed entirely on men (most likely of the cis and white variety). Because, one does…
Here’s the rub though. Jennifer Lawrence blames herself.
“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself,” she wrote, explaining that in an effort to fit the culture’s expectations of a young ingenue being “adorable” and not speaking her mind, she “failed as a negotiator.”
“I spoke out because I knew what led to that,” Lawrence told Charlie Rose about the discrepancies between her compensation and that of her male co-stars in a new interview set to air Wednesday night on PBS. “I knew that there was no one to blame but myself.”
In a new interview with Charlie Rose, Jennifer Lawrence opens up about her decision to speak out on gender pay equity in Hollywood—and whatever other controversial issues are on her mind.
Absolving Sony of any culpability, Lawrence said that she sees women, including herself, imposing a “gender bias” on themselves. “I feel awkward negotiating, I feel uncomfortable asking for more money, I don’t want to seem like a brat,” she said.
Set aside the myth of the equal pay gap (and if you don’t want to listen to me, maybe you’ll listen to Ronda Rousey). And for now, let’s set aside this inconvenient fact from “American Hustle,” the movie that started it all…
Deadline Hollywood recently reported that Lawrence was brought on to the film later than her other co-stars, with whom deals had already been made on a production that was strapped for cash to begin with. Lawrence reportedly “worked 19 days and was paid $1.25 million and got $250,000 in deferred compensation,” while Bradley Cooper “worked 46 days for $2.5 million and nine points.”
You can’t complain about not being paid equally when you don’t ask to be paid equally in the first place. TRIGGER WARNING: women are less likely to negotiate for higher wages. You call it “patriarchy,” I call it reality. Tomato, delusional, that whole deal.
One wrinkle here: Jennifer Lawrence is paying money, like, a lot of money, to an agent who’s supposed to do this for her. Which is odd. Allow me to put forth a theory here:
Jennifer Lawrence’s agent is has been attending our secret, bi-weekly “patriarchy” meetings and is systematically screwing her out of “equal pay,” while still carefully manicuring and maintaining the public facade of her being one of the most highly paid entertainers in all of Hollywood. Why? Because patriarchy. That’s the ticket…
Learn all about the “pay gap myth” below: