Jennifer Lawrence strikes against Gender Wage Gap in Hollywood
“I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable! Fuck that.”
Last year Sony leaked wage of several actors and actresses, which proofed that there is a huge gender gap in their salaries. As it showed, that Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and four-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams were getting 7 percent of American Hustle‘s backend profits, versus the 9 percent Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, and director David O. Russell were getting.
But Lawrence had something to say about that:
“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. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.
…But if I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem “difficult” or “spoiled.” At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being “difficult” or “spoiled.”
A few weeks ago at work, I spoke my mind and gave my opinion in a clear and no-bullshit way; no aggression, just blunt. The man I was working with (actually, he was working for me) said, “Whoa! We’re all on the same team here!” As if I was yelling at him. I was so shocked because nothing that I said was personal, offensive, or, to be honest, wrong. All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive.
I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable! Fuck that.”
Jenn got some support from former colleagues including Emma Watson, Sienna Miller and Bradley Cooper, who told in his last interview:
“If you think that you only deserve a certain amount and that’s not correct, it’s about changing that mindset and sticking up for yourself the way that Sienna did,” said Cooper, who was one of the male cast members to earn more than Lawrence for American Hustle. “So that’s a great thing.”
“There’s a double standard in the whole world, yeah, for sure. This is just one aspect. Anytime there’s a place where a voice can come out and be outspoken – something Sienna did, or Jennifer – that’s great … I think it is making a difference.”
Go Jenn you will always have our support!