It was the speech everyone was talking about. And then Patricia Arquette went into the press room.
And everyone’s a little bit confused.
That moment was when Patricia Arquette, the 2015 Oscars winner of Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood, used her time on stage to deliver a political statement.
She addressed the gender pay gap for women and called for women’s equality across America (we hope she meant everywhere).
In case you missed it, you can watch her speech below. Post continues after video.
But when the 46-year-old actress tried to follow up her Oscars speech with another in the press room, she ended up … kind of ruining it.
It started off fine..
“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.”
But gradually got worse.
“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.”
Until she delivered the final blow.
“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.”
As many (many, many) people have pointed out on social media, like feminist and writer Roxane Gay, the feminist movement, LGBTQ movement and the civil rights movement are not completely unrelated but actually equality calls for… well, equality. For everyone.
And it’s statements like these that shut feminism off to people wanting to take part in the important movement, because they feel it’s an exclusive party they didn’t get invited to. Not unlike the Oscars themselves.
You can watch Patricia undoing a brilliant acceptance speech below.