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When Patricia Arquette accepted her Oscar on Sunday, she gave a moving speech. And she should have stopped there. But in the midst of feeling herself, and probably the alcohol, Arquette’s comments made backstage made her fodder of the internet yesterday. Think piece, after think piece was written about Arquette’s comments and how her white privilege rear its ugly head.

If you missed it, here’s what she said:

“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. 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.”

Stop the presses. Yes, she went there.

And now she’s backtracking. The actress took to Twitter to explain her comments:
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And it’s not like her tweets made her initial comments any better.

What Arquette doesn’t understand is that fight for equality isn’t anything new for Black or gay people. We’ve been fighting for equality forever. It’s the white woman who are late to the party. Maybe if she understood that better, than she could educate herself on the Civil Rights, Gay Rights and the Equal Pay Movements. And you’d have to wonder if Arquette is only concerned about equal pay, after the Sony hack revealed that the movie studio was also lowballing women.

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  • Michelle

    With Patricia’s Oscars speech, I just rolled my eyes and kept it moving, because I…honestly, do not expect the “white, privileged allies” to fully understand it.
    Now, what DID chap my butt was Arquette’s defenders, who were either dumb themselves or in denial. I’ve heard excuses from “Oh! She was drunk!” (despite reading from a pre-written note) to “Oh! She was too excited about the win, so don’t pick apart her speech!” (Despite the fact that she was reading from a pre-written note). But then again, these are the same women who were re-tweeting Annie Lennox’s “Beyonce is not a feminist” quote and mentally-masturb*ting to think-pieces about how she isn’t a feminist.
    IMHO, Patricia was following the same path that her suffragist fore-mothers followed, which is the fact that she is looking out for her own dag-on self.

    • elsay

      Beyonce is not a feminist.

  • K.C.

    That comment of hers showed who she really is. How much you make per hour Patricia? How much does your Hispanic maid make per hour? Girl, please. Also, comb your hair. It’s the Oscars.

    • elsay

      Valid questions, minus the “comb your hair” part. The “comb your hair” phrase should just be banned for anybody’s mouth.

    • K.C.

      I will say it again: COMB YOUR HAIR PATRICIA. What is wrong with that? Are we policing that term too? Did you see viola Davis and Lupita at the Oscars? Hair combed, done and fabulous. Zendaya: hair fabulous. The way Blue Ivy wears her hair? So cute. All people who take a moment to groom their hair nicely. Comb your hair means do something with your hair! No matter how much we police that idea, it is as real as the beautiful Masai women of Africa who are known for being great hair groomers. It’s the Oscars, the grand ball: Patricia needs to comb her hair and she needs to stop pretending she is a champion for all women. Her comment proved she is another liberal hypocrite. Yes, I am a Liberal.

  • D1Mind

    Yep….. tired of y’all folks stealing the limelight. Time to talk about some good old white empowerment…. cause we know how much white folks have suffered.