Chris Rock is Calling Out Hollywood's Gender and Race Pay Gap

Chris Rock is Calling Out Hollywood's Gender and Race Pay Gap
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Comedian Chris Rock is using his celebrity to bring attention to one of Hollywood’s biggest pay gaps: The one that exists for women of color.

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He’s not alone.

In 2015, actress Jennifer Lawrence made headlines for criticizing pay inequities that exist for women actresses, noting that she and American Hustle co-star Amy Adams were paid less than the male actors in the 2013 hit film. Lawrence went on to write an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter, where she said she was paid less “than the lucky people with dicks” because of the stigma women face when trying to negotiate higher salaries.

"Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share," the 25-year-old actress said of her male co-stars.

While Lawrence is right to call out Hollywood’s double standard, her analysis has one major flaw: it ignores the additional barriers and inequities women encounter when they are of color. That’s where Rock comes in.

"Black women have the hardest gig in show business," Rock told the New Yorker. "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."

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