Patricia Arquette: Time for Gays, People of Color to Stand Up for Women

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After enjoying a brief period of good will following a rousing , Meryl-approved speech about wage equality, Patricia Arquette, who last night won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Boyhood, took her feminist cause in an unfortunate (and tired) direction by saying that it’s time that gay people and people of color start fighting for women’s rights the way that women have fought for their rights.

Following her win, she said this in the press room:

“It’s time for women. Equal means equal. The truth is the older women get, the less money they make. The highest percentage of children living in poverty are in female-headed households. It’s inexcusable that we go around the world and we talk about equal rights for women in other countries and we don’t.”

Yes, yes, we’re with you.

“One of those superior court justices said two years ago in a law speech at a university that we don’t have equal rights for women in America and we don’t because when they wrote Constitution, they didn’t intend it for women. 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 at play that really do affect women.”


“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.”

Aaaaaand yikes. Perhaps someone needs to introduce Arquette to the idea that feminism, gay rights and civil rights aren’t three distinct and opposing categories, but rather a heavily overlapping Venn diagram. Maybe over drinks?


Photographer Mario Testino was a huge asshole to my boyfriend Dev Patel at a fashion show once. “I remember going to this one Burberry show, and it was exciting. They’ve always been very kind to me and, even as a gangly guy, I felt I was rocking their suits. So when I was invited to one of the fashion shows in London, I went even though I had this preconceived notion–’I’m not going to fit in with this crowd, it’s going to be intimidating’.” Dev told me personally The Guardian, continuing:

“I was sitting there, and this fellow says, ‘Are you the one dating Freida Pinto [his Slumdog co-star]?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I guess.'” He gives an embarrassed shrug. “And then he says: ‘Why? How? Why is she dating you? She’s so beautiful.’ And I say, ‘Yeah. She is!’ And then he says: ‘But you’re so, ugh, so normal-looking.'”

And that fellow was Testino whom I shall never work with again. [ONTD]

Speaking of people who are overwhelmingly wrong, Wendy Williams is trying to claim that Rihanna isn’t good enough for Growing Pains guest star Leonardo DiCaprio. “Are you seriously thinking Mrs. DiCaprio wants her baby boy to bring the likes of Rihanna home?” she told her audience. “I think that Rihanna is a beautiful girl, but Rihanna is a whole lot of dangerous…Beautiful girl, but this is not a keeper. If your son brought Rihanna home, what would you do? Who would be happy with that, clap. Nobody. Exactly.”

How. dare. she. [OK!]

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  • The New York Daily News thinks Amy Poehler‘s shoes make a better headline than her sad speech about her recently departed friend, comedian Harris Wittels. [NYDN]
  • Speaking of Wittels, Aziz Ansari wrote a tender and funny tribute for him on Tumblr. [Aziz Is Bored]
  • Tough break, ladies: Billy Bob Thornton is off the market. [E! Online]
  • Still unclear on why John Travolta insisted on touching Idina Menzel‘s face so much. [NYDN]
  • A stylist’s head is about to roll. [US Weekly]
  • To celebrate Rihanna‘s birthday, friend Katy Perry shared some fan art of the two of them in a sweet and passionate embrace. [ONTD]
  • Ansel Elgort is no longer cocky, according to Ansel Elgort. [Cosmopolitan]
  • QUANDRY: Does Chad Kroeger—the frontman of Nickelback—really have the right to shame another musician? What if that musician is Justin Bieber? [TMZ]
  • Josh Hutcherson and Dianna Agron canoodled. [Page Six]
  • Feud of the Week: the original Aunt Viv and Kenya Moore. [ONTD]

Photos via AP.

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