Hollywood’s highest paid actress, Jennifer Lawrence, recently took part in an interview with BBC News for the promotion of her latest film ‘Mother’ as well as to discuss the supposed gender pay gap that she falls victim to in her line of work. First and foremost, I struggle to feel sympathy towards anyone complaining about pay when they are already earning well above the average Joe, $46 million a year to be exact. For someone who claims to be a fighter for social issues and injustice in the world, one may feel that she should simply be content with this figure rather than demanding more. I am fully aware that the issue is not her wanting more but instead wanting to be paid the same amount as her male co-stars, but nonetheless, I find it hard to believe that her pay as well as her colleagues pay are determined solely on their gender and not on other factors such as skill, sponsorships and qualifications.
I personally think it to be quite petty and disrespectful for women to complain about such things in this day and age considering how far the world has progressed in terms of gender equality. Not 100 years ago, women were treated as second class citizens, with men deciding which other men were going to rule them. The real feminists, the ones with an actual need for a voice, fought actual oppressors until they were heard. Can we really compare this heroic effort to Jennifer Lawrence complaining that $46 million is not enough? Again, I don’t want you to get me wrong, I am a feminist. If a man and woman were doing the exact same job with the same exact amount of skills and qualifications, I would obviously say that it would be wrong for one to be paid less than the other. The point I am trying to make is that there are real issues in the world such as child marriage and female genital mutilation which I feel require more attention and feminist power rather than Lawrence’s pay cheque, which I must say, I am doubtful of being unfair.
To further my disliking of her, she went on in the interview to use the horrific natural disasters that recently struck America to further her political agenda. Around 100 people perished in the hurricanes that hit the U.S with thousands more left devastated and homeless. Lawrence feels that this is an appropriate time to say that this is ‘mother nature’s rage’ in response to the result of the elections, more specifically, to Trump. That’s right. She said Trump pissed off nature and now he’s caused these completely natural disasters that have happened many times prior to him coming to office. How disgusting. First of all, Donald Trump donated $1 million out of his own pocket to the relief effort of hurricane Harvey which is the highest amount I’ve seen anyone give to the cause so far, even though he had absolutely no obligation to do this.
After a good amount of internet browsing, I can’t see anywhere where it says how much Jennifer donated, or if she donated anything at all. Instead of aiding the relief effort, she instead fuels the fire which is the worlds supposed hatred for the fairly elected and philanthropic president of the United States. This brings me on to my next point which is my failure to understand the hatred towards him and why it is that people say he is not their president and that he’s a fascist dictator etc. I find it very undemocratic and disrespectful to fair democracy that people wish to overthrow a person who won the majority of the nation’s vote through a fair election. Twisting the knife, they even go as far to say that he altered the results of the election which I find ridiculous. A similar thing happened in the U.K after Brexit. People were demanding a re-election and stirring up hatred for the leave voters when once again, it was a democratic and fair election. To ignore it and simply keep holding elections until they got the answer they wanted would have been dictatorial and unjust.
Trump may come across as radical sometimes but I urge you to ask yourself: ‘what would you do if North Korea threatened a nuclear attack?’. Would you passive-aggressively shrug it off? Would you call his bluff? Or would you warn their leader not to fuck with the most powerful nation in the world? Sometimes, unreasonable aggression needs to be met with a warning and a reminder of one’s power against their target’s. I think Trump handled it very well, in the style of a strong leader who sticks to his principles as well as one that puts his country first. He is by no means perfect, don’t get me wrong. I do disagree with some of his proposals such as the banning of transgender troops as I personally would allow anyone with the physical capability to fight in my army, regardless of what gender they see themselves as because I feel it to be a relatively unimportant detail in the grand scheme of things. But the matter of fact is that he was chosen by the American people. He loves the country and is passionate in what he believes. He has no fear and lets everyone know it. So I urge people to quit moaning, respect the democratic process and be hopeful for Trump’s plans for America.
To wrap it up, I find Jennifer Lawrence’s fake feminism to be petty and disrespectful. I wish that instead of moaning about her pay when people are literally starving to death, she would help out the relief effort. Perhaps she could donate a tiny slither of her $46 million dollar earnings, in the same way that Trump did, to help fix the supposed broken America that has come about ever since Trump’s election. I also urge people to simply respect democracy and to also help out as much as you can in helping the relief effort of the horrific natural disasters and also the issues regarding the rights of women in third world countries, even if it means simply spreading the word and being grateful that you are not suffering in the same way.