Patricia Arquette clarifies statement about wage equality

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Patricia Arquette has had a hell of a day today in the wake of her empowering best supporting actress acceptance speech and divisive post-speech comments.

Instead of backing down from the various thinkpieces and critiques aimed at her today, she took to Twitter to flesh out her statement a little more.


This isn't an apology, but it is an explanation. She's working — sincerely — to clarify her thoughts. Her original comments, rife with the absence of intersectional feminist thinking, have been a little bit tempered by these tweets. I think she meant what she said last night, but has thought about and processed how her comments were a huge disservice to people of color and the queer community, or at least understands that within the nebulous idea of equality there's still a lot of inequality that prevents people from accessing feminism the same way she does.

Danielle Henderson is a lapsed academic, heavy metal karaoke machine, and culture editor at Fusion. She enjoys thinking about how race, gender, and sexuality shape our cultural narratives, but not in a boring way.

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