Sunday 18 February 2018

'It's women saying they will not have it anymore' - Bono praises Jennifer Lawrence for speaking out against pay gap in Hollywood

Bono has praised Jennifer Lawrence for speaking out against the pay gap in Hollywood
Bono has praised Jennifer Lawrence for speaking out against the pay gap in Hollywood

Sasha Brady

Bono has praised actress Jennifer Lawrence for speaking out against the pay gap in Hollywood.

The U2 frontman said he was impressed by the ''sense of solidarity'' women seem to have and praised the Hunger Games actress for highlighting the salary disparity between male and female workers.

“Gender equality is at the centre of any movement that holds fairness, freedom and justice as its core values,” he said at a Facebook Q&A to discuss his recent visit to refugees in the Middle East and Africa.

“In Hollywood, Jennifer Lawrence, speaking about how actors are paid. Women have this incredible thing – bond I think you have. More than men. Women [have a] great sense of solidarity.”

Bono's own charitable organisation, One, is currently running a campaign called Poverty is Sexist, and he noted the gender pay gap is a problem in all industries.

He said: ''It's women saying they will not have it anymore.

They will not take the bad deal.''

Jennifer previously admitted she felt she ''had to'' speak out about the issue after discovering she had been paid much less than her male 'American Hustle' co-stars.

''On average, women are paid 21 percent less than men. We can ask for the same exact thing that men do, and we do face the reality that we do get judged more. It's just something that is intrinsic, and I would love to see change.," she said.

In a newsletter published through Girls' star Lena Dunham's website, Lenny, Jennifer said she understood that she was in a privileged position as a Hollywood actress.

"It's hard for me to speak about my experience as a working woman because I can safely say my problems aren't exactly relatable," she said.

"I'm over trying to find the "adorable" way to state my opinion and still be likable! F**k that. I don't think I've ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It's just heard.

"Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves," she continued.

"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."

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