Earlier this week, Jennifer Lawrence penned an op-ed for Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny Letter, about the wage gender gap in Hollywood.
In it, she lamented the fact that she gets paid way less than her male co-stars, and stated that it’s partly her fault; because she feels like she’ll get criticized or hated for being a tough negotiator, she’s afraid to speak her mind. She also cited instances in which male superiors had adverse reaction to Lawrence stating her opinions, as if that made her “difficult” or “spoiled.”
But clearly, that’s no longer a problem.
“I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion,” Lawrence wrote. “F*ck that.”
And now, celebrities are showing their support for Jennifer Lawrence, most notably her American Hustle co-star Bradley Cooper.
Bradley Cooper definitely agreed with Lawrence, but perhaps played his cards close to the vest when he told E! News:
“One thing I could say is that’s interesting because if you think that you only deserve a certain amount and that’s not correct, it’s about changing that mindset and sticking up for yourself the way that Sienna [Miller] did. So that’s a great thing.”
At that time, Cooper admitted, he hadn’t yet read the editorial.
He continued with the statements, however, when he told Entertainment Tonight:
“There’s a double standard in the whole world, yeah, for sure. This is just one aspect. Anytime there’s a place where a voice can come out and be outspoken – something Sienna did, or Jennifer – that’s great … I think it is making a difference.”
Diplomatic, if a little vague. However, Lawrence had swarms of celebrities and peers tweet their support for the sentiments of the 25-year-old Oscar winner; Emma Watson, founder of the #HeForShe movement and UN Ambassador, was among them:
“I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion”.
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) October 13, 2015
O Jennifer Lawrence I love you so. X — Emma Watson (@EmWatson) October 13, 2015
Jessica Chastain and Elizabeth Banks quickly followed suit:
Yessssssss! Get it girl xx https://t.co/L3w0nNnqGQ
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 13, 2015
I love Jennifer Lawrence. http://t.co/x2jAbnUsmy
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) October 13, 2015
As Cooper stated, this is how change happens…at least for Hollywood.