‘If She Was Black…’: Chris Rock Comments on Jennifer Lawrence’s Wage Gap Essay
Back in October, Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay on the Hollywood pay gap, following lots of talk about how she was paid much less than her male co-stars in American Hustle. She wrote about how she didn’t really fight that much to get a bigger salary, and admitted it was partly because she didn’t want to “seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.'”
Lawrence declared she’s done trying to be too adorable and likable to assert herself the same way her male co-stars do, and the essay went hugely viral online.
Fast-forward to this week, with a New Yorker profile out on Leslie Jones. Jones started appearing on SNL last year, and her career has taken off since then. She starred in Chris Rock‘s Top Five last year and is one of the stars of the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot.
Rock, who spread the word about Jones to a lot of people before finally landing on SNL, spoke to The New Yorker about how funny he considers Jones, and he invoked Lawrence to make a point about another issue in Hollywood:
“Black women have the hardest gig in show business. You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she’s a woman—if she was black, she’d really have something to complain about.”
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