After Patricia Arquette inspired the GIF of the night by going full Norma Rae during her Oscar speech, she went backstage to the press room and said a lot more about how it’s time that everyone gets paid the same. In just a few minutes, Patricia Arquette went from feminist hero to the newest member of the Your Fave Is Problematic Club. At around the 1:30 mark in the video above from Popsugar, Patricia says that it’s time for men, gay people and people of color to fight for equality for women.
“It’s time for women. Equal means equal. The truth is the older women get, the less money they make. The highest percentage of children living in poverty are in female-headed households. It’s inexcusable that we go around the world and we talk about equal rights for women in other countries and we don’t. One of those superior court justices said two years ago in a law speech at a university that we don’t have equal rights for women in America and we don’t because when they wrote Constitution, they didn’t intend it for women. 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 at play that really do affect women. 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.”
Well, that went over about as well as explosive diarrhea during an orgy. Some people on Twitter dragged Patricia Arquette for that last part. They did the reverse Meryl and sat down. Some think that she’s living in a white feminist bubble where everything is just rainbows and struggle-free sunshine for gay people and people of color. Others think that Patricia marginalized lesbians and women of color and is only speaking for white women. I don’t know…
She had just won and just made Meryl Streep whoop it up for her. This may just be a case of Patricia Arquette’s thoughts getting jumbled in her brain. I mean, she has been looking frazzled as shit for most of this awards season and has regularly given me a Xanax craving. Last night she looked like she had spent most of the day trapped inside of a stuffy room with a bunch of hyperactive 2-year-olds who just finished eating 2 bags of sugar each. I’m surprised she was able to say words at all. I’m surprised she didn’t collapse into a puddle of exhaustion in the press room and rock back and forth while chewing her hair.