Mo’Nique On Oscars Controversy: ‘Focus Should Be On Pay Cheques And Unequal Wages’ | Film News
The Oscar controversy has dominated the Academy awards, with the 2009 winner of best supporting actress for Precious, Mo’Nique condemning its dominance for concealing more vital issues like equality in pay for actors. She commented that the current debate is obscuring the horrendous pay gap between women of colour and white women in Hollywood, positing the #Oscarsowhite controversy as a side issue.
“We put so much on the Oscars, at this point we’re being misdirected. The focus should not be on the trophy. The focus should be on the pay cheques and the unequal wages“, she said. “Anytime you hear Patricia Arquette and Gwyneth Paltrow, when you hear those white women say: ‘We’re not getting equal wages’. Well if they are saying it, what do you think we’re getting?”
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