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Patricia Arquette criticized for urging LGBT community to do more for women’s rights

Patricia Arquette criticized for urging LGBT community to do more for women’s rights

Patricia Arquette, who took home the Best Supporting Actress award at last night’s Oscars (February 22), took to the stage to thank her Boyhood co-stars and her family before launching into an impassioned speech about the equal pay battle currently raging in the US.

Comments the actress made shortly after the ceremony have been criticized, despite her acceptance speech garnering a standing ovation from stars including Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez. 

‘To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,’ she said. ‘It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.’

Arquette went on to elaborate on her comments backstage, arguing that it’s time people of colour and the LGBTI community to fight for women’s rights, like women have fought for theirs.

‘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,’ she said. ‘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.’

Although some applauded Arquette’s speech, a number of Twitter users argued that her comments ‘erased’ women of color.

‘Patricia’s comments show the danger in not being hip to this whole intersectionality thing. Women of color get erased,’ tweeted Buzzfeed writer Tracy Clayton.

‘Stop cheering for #PatriciaArquette, the feminism she advocates isn’t intersectional and that in itself is really rude,’ wrote @j_abriaaa.

Equal pay became a hot topic in the US last year after hacked Sony emails revealed that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were on a lower pay grade than their male American Hustle co-stars, despite both actresses recently winning Oscars.