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Chris Rock Reacts to Jennifer Lawrence's Wage Gap Essay

Chris Rock Reacts to Jennifer Lawrence's Wage Gap Essay

Chris Rock is reacting to Jennifer Lawrence‘s wage inequality essay in a big way.

In a profile for SNL‘s Leslie Jones, the 50-year-old comedian commented on the 25-year-old Oscar winner’s stance on the issue.

“Black women have the hardest gig in show business. You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she’s a woman—if she was black, she’d really have something to complain about,” Chris told the New Yorker.

Jennifer wrote the essay in response to her American Hustle salary, when she found out her male co-stars were all making more money than her and Amy Adams.

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  • Lylian

    Oh Please! I knew this was going to happen. What a stupid argument to make. So, let’s be clear what he is saying: that because black women actors have it worse than white women actors, white actresses shouldn’t complain?

    And if that is the case, than may be black actresses shouldn’t complain because their lot is better than a lot of poor black women in Africa who endure genital mutilation, legal beatings, poverty.

    And black men in American shouldn’t complain because their lives are better than a poor African man in Southern Sudan, Malawi and lots of other places in Africa.

    Why, after all, should the right to protest an injustice be compared on black and white terms?

  • Lylian

    Oh Please! I knew this was going to happen. What a stupid argument to make. So, let’s be clear what he is saying: that because black women actors have it worse than white women actors, white actresses shouldn’t complain?

    And if that is the case, than may be black actresses shouldn’t complain because their lot is better than a lot of poor black women in Africa who endure genital mutilation, legal beatings, poverty.

    And black men in American shouldn’t complain because their lives are better than a poor African man in Southern Sudan, Malawi and lots of other places in Africa.

    Why, after all, should the right to protest an injustice be compared on black and white terms?

  • girl93

    Jen is earning 52 millions dollars… I don’t think she shouldn’t complain about that.

    By the way, she is earning more than any other actor in show biz.. And in my opinion, she shouldn’t earning that money because she is not that great actress that most people want to think she is. She only has that money and popularity thanks to the franchise about Hunger Games and pretending she is just an ordinary girl like anybody else.

  • Dave Mills

    Did he say that white actresses don’t have any right to complain? I didn’t catch that. Where does he say that?

  • girl93

    Agreed. He didn’t say that.

  • Naynay

    Have you read the article in the new yorker ? Just Jared just put it like he was complaining about jen (which my first reaction was similar to yours but then I read the original article without that “just jared touch” and understood)

  • Naynay

    The ORIGINAL ARTICLE in the New Yorker is about How Leslie Jones (a black female comedian) made it to the top, here is the full quote :

    “Every black comedian in the country knew what I could do,” she said. “But that doesn’t mean everyone else is paying attention.” Chris Rock, who met Jones when they were both road comics in the late eighties, told me, “Black women have the hardest gig in show business. You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she’s a woman—if she was black, she’d really have something to complain about.”

  • Pat Kerr

    It is possible to support multiple causes such as gender and racial equality but Chris Rock seems to believe only black woman “really have something to complain about.” It is a little disappointing.

  • Courtney Puzzo

    not saying it’s right but it’s always been the case in Hollywood that men get paid more than women do for example the salaries for Paris Blues were Paul Newman was paid 250 K and 10% profit participation while his wife Joanne Woodward who had already won an Oscar was paid 83.3 K 1/3 of his and 5% profit participation while the African American actors on the picture Sidney Poitier and Dihann Carroll were paid about half what the white actors were and no profit participation. by the time Rachel Rachel began filming in July 1967 Joanne’s asking fee was 250,000 though she didn’t take a paycheck for the movie because Warner Brothers studios didn’t want to make the film nor cast her as the lead in it though it was written specifically for her. to restart her stalled acting career which she had taken time away from to raise their three young daughters then aged 8 6 and 2 filming wrapped days before their middle daughter Melissa’s birthday

  • FormerLamark

    I totally agree with you!!! I also wanted to say the same. Just because there are people in worse conditions it does not mean everything is good. Maybe jennifer earns 52 million but men earn 80 millions for the same role/situation, it is still unjust no matter how much money we are talking about. It means that men legally steal 28 million from a woman just because she has no penis. Gender discrimination means the society automatically takes female people less, weaker, worse (inferior) and their work, knowledge, time too, because people are convinced that the existence of the two genders means racial differences like cat and dog but it is false. Both genders belong to the human race with the gene pool of the human race. I feel very sorry for those women who degrade themselves, knowledge, work and say it is normal and natural if men are better, cleverer and earning much more money.

  • Alphonse

    That’s not what he said, just JJ’s quote sitting alone without the context. I went off to find the original before commenting. Also, he – and she are talking about actors not ordinary folk otherwise you’d have to compare JL to White people in Eastern Europe and that she should be grateful she has it a lot better than some of her people in parts of Europe where there is sex trafficking after all that’s where her background is from…all other Europe. JL never mentions ordinary women working 2 jobs she only talks about herself as an actress, she didn’t include the rest so mentioning Africa is irrelevant. I do understand what he means…in addition I recall watching a supporting role actress who was Black who blew me and friends watching away (which JL has never done) but her face isn’t going to fit Hollywood as she doesn’t have the prerequisite blonde hair, so instead of being given JL’s career she isn’t even considered….that is Hollywood for you, sad but true.

  • Alphonse

    Agreed, have to read the original he doesn’t say that, just how much harder it is for black actresses. JL probably doesn’t realize how easy this all was for her and failed to include or mention ordinary women (both black and white) and black actresses and how much harder it is for both those sets.

  • girl93

    Actually in her ”essay”, she said she was upset because she was earning less money in American Hustle than his co-stars.

    First of all, I watched the movie, and she has much less scenes than the rest of the cast, so she couldn’t have the same salaries as the lead actor/actress

    Second, if she was afraid to ask about much money then it’s her fault and she should hire another agent, she didn’t had to insult his co-stars calling them “lucky people with dicks” … Jeremy Renner was right in something, it’s not his business how much his other co-stars’s salaries..

    And it’s quite interesting that Amy Adams, who was the lead actress of the movie, didn’t say anything about this.

    In my opinion, she was mad to earn less money because she couldn’t ask for much money. But she is not earning much money in The Hunger Games than her co-stars? Why don’t ask for the same salaries for them?

  • dalovelee

    Why did it take Jennifer Lawrence to kick down the door and bring up the inequality gender pay and NOT any black actor and actress prior to her essay. Chris Rock is an opportunist and is trying to look like a martyr..YET THIS IS THE SAME MAN WHO WANTS TO DODGE PAYING CHILD SUPPORT TO THE CHILD HE ILLEGALLY ADOPTED.

  • A.P.-CT

    Of course it’s disappointing to a white person.. smdh But, Chris spoke facts!

  • A.P.-CT

    No reading comprehension skills, huh?

  • VanityInsecurity

    Gender Inequality has no limits & it’s not color blind. Jennifer Lawrence could only speak on her experiences, should that mean she shouldn’t because in someone’s eyes she’s considered privileged? So Rock isn’t pro equality he’s just pro black.

  • Mkhall

    How Chris Rock’s statements are being reported suggests a diminishment of Jennifer Lawrence’s experience. White women are discriminated against. Black women are discriminated against. It will take strong intelligent men to stand up for women whatever race. There are reasons why women don’t speak up. Whether our culture wants to acknowledge the oppression women continue to experience or not, it does exist.
    The women in the Cosby allegations are a perfect example of what continues to go on for women. Let’s celebrate women for speaking up rather than persecute or diminish their experiences. Men cannot fathom the amount of fear women contend with in this culture. They don’t have to fear being preyed upon and silenced in the same ways that women do. Men must let go of their own fears and join women’s experiences and advocate for real equality. I applaud all who can stand up for their own experiences and support a culture of right not power and control.
    Please let’s not measure who might have it tougher. Tough is tough. Hurt is hurt. Discrimination is discrimination. Oppression is oppression.

  • Mike Marder

    I don’t see why anything Jennifer Lawrence said or Chris Rock said or Leslie Jones said to do anything except help! Where in equality is involved light helps.

    Pile on!!!!!!

  • Mike Marder

    You do know that Chris Rock is doing the old Borscht Belt Jewish mother joke. Its the one where the son runs to his mother and says mom I broke my arm. She says, that’s nothing you could have been killed.

    Except he wasn’t kidding. Hint to Chris: This aint a war to see who got screwed worse.

    We’re ALL getting screwed from worthless wars to criminal banksters or just “the man”.

    When was this ever different?

  • j b

    That is true. Jennifer Lawrence has always been a rich white woman. She probably even makes more then any black man like Chris Rock himself.

  • Gina

    Based on that logic, Jennifer could have easily included black women in her little diatribe about the wage gap.The major flaw in feminist rhetoric is that it inherently excludes women of color. That is why intersectional feminism needs to be more widely accepted.

  • oscarsforrevenant

    Nicely stated, Chris.

  • Amber

    I see what you’re saying, but I will disagree with you in that it was a stupid point to make. It was a valid point to make, and is supported by numerous statistics. Also, yes, black women have it much easier than women in Africa, but this is a matter of relative deprivation v. absolute deprivation, and compared to white women in every field, black women are paid less. This is why the right to injustice is compared on black and white terms, because it is a direct reflection on race relations in society, and the value you are believed to have based on your race. Quite simply, society still prefers white people.

  • Amber

    Wow! Powerful point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.c.locke IamAmericanB4black

    What Chris Rock means is we all should care about what he cares about, nothing more and if you don’t believe as he does then you’re a racist.

    That’s the translation.

  • Jay

    True, but I think some people feel like it’s not their place, and of course celebs fear backlash.
    Anyway Chris is right, he’s simply saying what we all know.

  • Domino

    I’m pretty sure she already really has something to complain about. But divide and conquer right? It’s a predictable strategy to try to get women fighting each other so that they don’t focus on fighting the real issue – men and equality between the sexes.

  • Domino

    Are black women not women? You seem to be inexplicably excluding yourself from your gender.

  • Domino

    Fighting for women’s right’s includes women of all races and ethnicities. If that law gets passed then its solely based on gender. This is a gender issue not a race issue.

  • Jenny from the flop

    Finally a celebrity who got the guts to say what all of us has been saying all along! Jennifer lawrence is a spoiled brat. She has no idea how hard it is for real people to make a buck or even get a job in todays financial crisis. The nerve she has to complain about making 1 less million then she already makes by the minute

  • Gina

    In a country when Beyonce is queen of pop and Rihanna is a princess, and her brand collaborations and concert tickets are sold out, where Will Smith is international movie star, Obama is president and Oprah is the best host racism shouldn’t not be the excuse of why you failed

  • AK

    THIS SHOULD BE WRITTEN ON EVERY WALLS

  • SelfPortrait

    I think another way for Chris Rock to say what he has said is “Well, at least you get paid more than black women!”

  • neil

    That’s right, racism is dead. Bye the way, which color are you?

  • Kaitlyn

    I really hated Jennifer Lawrence’s little “essay” because it didn’t stand up for women or for a cause. It was purely about her and ignored the level of talent of her significantly more talented and less replaceable costars. (And that includes the amazing and non-whining Amy Adams who paid her dues and still makes less than Lawrence).

  • neil

    Hardly a brat. She isn’t wrong but it just so happens Chris is more right.

  • Tina Mallette

    How do you know Jennifer Lawrence has always been a rich white woman. I don’t know if her parents were poor, middle class or upper class and she didn’t become a rich white woman until she made in Hollywood just like Mr. Rock. We sure know Chris’s parents were middle – middle upper class.

  • Wendy

    Are black women not women? How did she not include them?

  • Wendy

    Are black women not women? How did she not include them?

  • Tina Mallette

    She has the right to complain about women on the whole still being paid less because as noted it is the wonen at the top of the chain that have the voices that get heard for all women.

    So does Beyonce talk about the plight of black women in any shape or form as she and Jay Z are richer than most of Hollywood, male or female. Mind you we don’t hear her complaining either I guess.

  • Adía

    Yes Beyoncé does. She’s all about feminism

  • Adía

    And if Leslie Jones is also a lesbian and physically handicapped she would really, really have something to complain about

  • Gina

    She made it sound like all women have the exact same struggle when it comes to the pay gap. They do not. When you factor in race, the struggle is different. Race compounds the issue because women of color get paid less than even white women. Jen was speaking from a white feminist standpoint which is very exclusionary.

  • Gina

    Maybe, but fear and silence is what maintains the status quo.

  • Gina

    Quite the opposite, I’m calling for inclusion. Jennifer made it sound like all women have the exact same struggle when it comes to the pay gap. They do not. When you factor in race, the struggle is different. Race compounds the issue because women of color get paid less than even white women. Jen was speaking from a white feminist standpoint which is very exclusionary.

  • Domino

    She was talking about her experience and in no way made it sound like all women have the exact same struggle unless of course you yourself are pissed you got paid less than bradley cooper for your part in American Hustle. She’s fighting for equality for women period. If women are paid equally to men that is all women. You are the only one parsing up womankind into segments and devaluing the cause of equality by promoting infighting. A win for women is a win for ALL women.

  • Domino

    Maybe you can post the part of her essay were she mentioned race in any way?

  • Gina

    Not only did you miss my point, but you actually unknowingly proved my point at the same time. You can’t fight for equality between men and women without there first being equality BETWEEN women. That is the ONLY way ALL women will win. Get your head outta your butt.

  • Gina

    The problem is that she failed to mention race in the first place. Geez, I’m working with children here!

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