Monday 18 December 2017

Actresses should stick to talking about dresses if they want to avoid vilification

Patricia Arquette holds her Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in ‘Boyhood’ at the Governors Ball, following the 87th Academy Awards
Patricia Arquette holds her Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in ‘Boyhood’ at the Governors Ball, following the 87th Academy Awards
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Feminists consistently complain that women at the Oscars are treated like sentient mannequins condemned to only ever discussing their designer frocks, but when an actress tried to use the occasion to call for equal pay for women she was vilified for not delivering a note-perfect message.

When Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars at the weekend she didn't confine her brief acceptance speech to the usual gushing praise of her co-stars and family. She got political.

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

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