I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable!
– Jennifer Lawrence
“America’s Girl Next Door” Jennifer Lawrence sparked a conversation amongst Hollywood’s elite with her essay “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?” published in Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s newsletter. The responses to this essay merit as much, if not more discussion than the essay its self.
- Support of male co-workers
Cooper, like Laurence, is outraged by the wage-gap in Hollywood. As such, he commits to negotiating with female co-stars to negotiate salaries before beginning production. Click here to read more about Coopers reaction.
“For Jen to use her platform to speak about it in her classic Jen way, just blunt, saying what she thinks, I think it’s great,” Josh said in an interview with MTV. “Obviously it’s something that should have happened decades and decades and decades ago, and the fact that it’s something we’re still dealing with now is f–king embarrassing and shocking.”
Click here to read more of his interview.
- Supportive, but not ready for action
Clarifying his words via twitter, Renner stated “A person should be rewarded only by their merit or service to their given field. Gender, race, creed, or sexual orientation should have absolutely no influence in pay, positively or negatively.” Read more about Renner’s clarification of his statements here.
- Diminishing the issue at hand
Many media outlets have utilized Jennifer Lawrence’s spotlight moment not to discuss an important social issue, but instead to push the issue aside with gossip. Despite Lawrence’s strong stance that pushes industry standards, media outlets are simply speculating about her dating life with the men who have come out to support her (mainly Josh Hutcherson and Bradley Cooper).
4. Not the people to fight the battle
Some equal wage activists do not believe this argument should be taken up by rich celebrities. It confuses the debate, making it about celebrities rather than the everyday woman.
I’m really interested to hear other opinions on this topic! Please comment with your thoughts!