Jennifer Lawrence returned fire Saturday in a debate about women's pay in Hollywood and the country in general, USA Today reports. Speaking at a presser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2, Jennifer Lawrence addressed a website's response to her essay about being paid less than her male co-stars on American Hustle:
- "Even after I wrote it, I don’t remember the website, but they called it 'Jennifer Lawrence’s bratty display,'" she says. "And I was like, 'Thank you for completely making my point.' If a woman speaks up, is assertive and has a voice, she’s going to be called 'a brat.' I don’t see a man being called 'a brat.'"
Nina Jacobson, co-producer of the Hunger Games
sequel, had her back: "What Jen spoke to, I found really powerful," she says. "You don't want or feel entitled to be a spokesperson as a woman." The criticism came from Redstate.com
, where Kimberly Ross wrote:
- "Not only is Jennifer Lawrence’s complaint a bratty display from a wealthy youngster, but it highlights that claims of pay inequality are oftentimes not the complete story, and Hollywood is the least appropriate voice on the subject."
Calling Lawrence "a privileged 1-percenter," Ross argued that The Equal Pay Act of 1963
already makes it illegal "to pay a woman less than a man solely based on gender"—so when women get paid less it's often because their work experience is limited by family duties. She adds that Lawrence "is most definitely in fewer scenes than the male actors" in American Hustl
e. But in her essay
, Lawrence says women just need to negotiate more aggressively: "I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable!" she writes. "F--- that."