Patricia Arquette Loses Feminist Goodwill with Comments Backstage at Oscars


Though her speech calling for wage equality at the Academy Awards won raves, Patricia Arquette quickly lost some of that goodwill backstage when she expanded on that statement.

During her press conference backstage, Arquette, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood, explained what she meant by her statements:

“So the truth is, even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface, there are huge issues that are applied that really do affect women. And it’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”

By seemingly excluding everyone outside of white women in the fight for wage equality, Arquette inflamed the intersectionality crowd on Twitter, who pointed out that women can be gays and minorities too:

For a visual representation of what Arquette implied, here’s this Game of Thrones reference:

Watch below via Popsugar:

UPDATE (4:06 p.m.): Arquette took to Twitter to clarify:

It’s possible that she wasn’t thinking clearly, given that she had just won an Oscar for a role she spent twelve years playing and those comments happened literally minutes after she received a massive award, so, yeah.

[h/t BuzzFeed]
[Image via screenshot]

>> Follow Tina Nguyen (@Tina_Nguyen) on Twitter

Have a tip we should know?

Filed Under: