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Chris Rock Calls Out Jennifer Lawrence’s Hypocrisy on Equal Pay: ‘Black Women Have the Hardest Gig in Show Business’

BBo426yComedian Chris Rock sheds light on the entertainment industry’s hypocrisy when it comes to actors pay.

“Black women have the hardest gig in show business,” he 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.”

Back in October, The Hunger Games star penned a letter about getting paid less than her male counterparts.

“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.”

Lawrence is in her mid 20s and has won a Oscar. In addition, she is the star of a very successful franchise that rakes in millions at the box office. While her complaints about women deserving the same pay as their male peers is legitimate, Black actresses have far less opportunities and make less money than white women.

Rock points out that Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union and many other Black actresses have had to grind it out in supporting roles for decades in order to get a starring role on their current TV shows. As progressive as Hollywood claims to be, audiences have seen the truth—Black women are still not given the opportunity to be the face of a major franchise. A prime example is the recent mega-blockbuster, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

The words from Viola Davis’ Emmy speech ring true. Hollywood has to be willing to create roles for Black actresses. To that end, Rock praises the work of actress and comedienne, Leslie Jones, in the New Yorker.

“I mentioned her to several managers and agents over the years. Everybody passed. Lorne, because he’s the best at what he does, is the one who saw it. I don’t think he’d hired a cast member her age in a long time,” Rock said of Jones’ hiring at Saturday Night Live.

If Lawrence were a Black woman, there’s no doubt that her path would’ve been more difficult, and audiences may not have even had the opportunity to witness her talent. Hence, the disparity of opportunities for Black women and white women remains, and must be addressed.

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5 thoughts on “Chris Rock Calls Out Jennifer Lawrence’s Hypocrisy on Equal Pay: ‘Black Women Have the Hardest Gig in Show Business’

  1. Reena Walker says:

    Con artists, misogynists and pimps are not acting in the best interest of black women and never will. If you are supporting these groups who continue to decry the liberation of black women and align themselves with misogynystic males and self hating women then you are a fool.

  2. Reena Walker says:

    All he's doing is bleeding the black communty dry wiht his con job. Anyone giving him a dime is a fool.

  3. Reena Walker says:

    She's rich but she is not as rich as her male counterparts that carry films and make big box office dollars yet make far more money. Even black males like Will Smith gets paid more than she does. This inequality affects women not only of her caliber but throughout the industry no matter what their salary or color. I appreciate what she is saying because very few women have, in recent memory, spoken out about the unfairness in the industry out of fear of being blacklisted. Jennifer is in a unique position to affect change and I am happy she isn't only thinking about herself but speaking out on an issue.

    Chris is wrong by trying to discredit her here. He is trying to be divisive when it comes to women of all colors standing together on an issue and he needs to shut the hell up. If he isn't gong to speak up for all women and encourage the male decision makers to make changes across the board for every woman in the industry then he doesn't need to say anything. I and every other woman that has worked in film and television know exactly what she is talking about.

    We need women like her to be even more vocal and not to be shut down by black males who themselves are the main culprits when it comes to exploiting black women in the entertainment industry. Funny how he hasn't said a word about this when it came to the back male producers who have been at the helm of all of the most sexist shows, films and videos for the last forty years but as soon as a woman speaks out on the issue here he comes with this critique. Has he ever said anything to any of these black male producers about how black women are exploited and underpaid? I haven't seen anything where he has. Its disingenuous at best and black women should not fall for it. Just because he helped Leslie Jones doesn't mean he has done anythng about the existing situation for women when it comes to these black males. Were all of the women on the shows he produced paid the same as the males? I'd love to see those books. We all know black women are disproportionatly affected and I am quite sure Jennifer knows too. His taking aim at her doesn't solve anything. Clean up your own backyard.

  4. Lovely that Chris Rock suddenly feels the need to speak up for black women. Has he done so before ? Or perhaps only when the great and talented J.L. actually speaks up for women in Hollywood.

  5. Reena Walker says:

    OD Dash Please list Umar's credentials and prove they exist and then we can have a discussion about legitimacy. Your tactic of calling black women bitter and lonely is typical and expected and doesn't work with me. That's what you low life misogynists ALWAYS resort to when you are confronted with facts. You know zip about me or my personal dispostion so save the psychobabble and answer the questions. I deal with facts and not bull. If you want to elevate black family then tell these black mles to keep their pants zipped, stop having babies all over the place and to take care of their children. You are full of it and haven't done a thing to adopt one black child and these people you are yapping about are the people who are running game and ripping black people off while accomplishing nothing. Stop the craziness fool. You have no leg to stand on.

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