Patricia Arquette Defended Her Controversial Comments From The Oscars Press Room On Twitter

The actress earned praise for her feminist speech during the awards show, but her follow-up remarks left people upset. On Monday morning, Arquette stood by what she said in the press room, despite backlash. (UPDATED)

1. When she accepted her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Patricia Arquette used her acceptance speech to champion women needing equal rights.

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She ended by saying, “To every woman who gave birth to every tax payer 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.”

2. Then she headed back to the press room and expanded on her original statement.

According to the official transcript, Arquette said, “So the truth is, even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface, there are huge issues that are applied that really do affect women. And it’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”

3. People saw her additional words as less inclusive than her original ones.

Patricia Arquette sure ruined her nice moment. Fighting against one injustice does not excuse blindness to others.

— Wende (@webbspinner77)

7. They felt even though her original speech was inspiring, her follow-up leaves out big, important groups of people.

Oh, Patricia Arquette… Ever heard of intersections? Maybe you should look that up.

— Dustin Allen (@dusteallen)

Okay so I was with Patricia Arquette until she decided to be like "INTERSECTIONALITY WUT IS THAT" http://t.co/ZSA3FXmdwT

— Arielle Castillo (@ariellec)

stop cheering for #PatriciaArquette, the feminism she advocates isn't intersectional and that in itself is really rude

— Jocelyn Jones (@j_abriaaa)

patricia's comments show the danger in not being hip to this whole intersectionality thing. women of color get erased.

— Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty)


On Monday morning, Arquette defended her remarks on Twitter:

Wage equality will help ALL women of all races in America. It will also help their children and society.

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette)

Women have been basically paying a gender tax for generations.

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette)

I have long been an advocate for the rights of the #LBGT community. The question is why aren't you an advocate for equality for ALL women?

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette)

If you are fighting against #Equalpay you are fighting for ALL women and especially women of color to make less money than men.

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette)

Guess which women are the most negatively effected in wage inequality? Women of color. #Equalpay for ALL women. Women stand together in this

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette)

Arquette’s representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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