Jennifer Lawrence’s decision to speak out against the Hollywood gender pay gap, and the discrimination she’s faced, hasn’t pleased everyone.
While many film fans have applauded the star for her recently-published and super-honest essay, one corner of the internet seriously isn’t impressed. Yes, it’s the Daily Mail comments section.
Twitter account DMReporter keeps a close eye on the bottom half of MailOnline’s pages, and here's what they spotted lurking underneath the site's article on Jennifer's essay:
COMMENTS: Jennifer Lawrence suggests she deserves the same pay as her male co-stars. This does not go down well… pic.twitter.com/1DzciPvWHb— The DM Reporter (@DMReporter) October 14, 2015
It’s demoralising to say the least.
A number of other commentators just couldn’t quite grasp Jennifer’s issue, with one writing: “Get over yourself. You are 25 & every year there is a new crop of 19 or 20 year olds that can replace you. Your immature, annoying behavior has turned a lot of people off. Now, your complaining & being difficult. Not a good career move.”
Another adds: “She really needs to shut up and work. Do your job or be left out in the cold.” Lovely.
Thankfully, a number of people who tweeted following J-Law’s declaration had positive things to say:
O Jennifer Lawrence I love you so. X— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) October 13, 2015
Gender Pay Gap in Hollywood: According to Forbes Jennifer Lawrence made $52m last year and Robert Downey Jr. $80m. Both were #1 on the list.— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) October 14, 2015
Jennifer Lawrence's essay on the gender pay gap in film roles is EVERYTHING 🙌— Ellen Johnson (@EllenfJohnson) October 14, 2015
Jennifer Lawrence, I love you. Great piece. We need more people talking about the gender pay gap and changing it. Awesome job.— Christian Lorenzo (@CLorenzo912) October 13, 2015
I love Jennifer Lawrence. http://t.co/x2jAbnUsmy— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) October 13, 2015
Jennifer spoke out about the film industry’s gender pay gap - which she discovered when hackers revealed thousands of private Sony emails - in an essay published in Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter.
“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself,” she wrote. "I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.
“But if I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled’.”
Directly mentioning her ‘American Hustle’ co-stars, she added: “Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share.
“Again, this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn’t completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a ‘spoiled brat’. For some reason, I just can’t picture someone saying that about a man.”