Welcome to a special Oscars edition of Outrage Watch, where we break down all the things folks are peeved about from last night's big show. Top story? Let the Patricia Arquette backlash begin.
Did you catch the Best Supporting Actress winner's acceptance speech? Meryl Streep loved it! American was on her side, mostly. And then…she went backstage.
“The truth is, even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface, there are huge issues that are applied that really do affect women,” said the Best Supporting Actress winner to the assembled press corps. “And 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.”
Hmm…maybe she just got caught up in the moment? Give her a pass, just this once, maybe? Possibly? No?
Many white women fight for others. Marginalized groups do not OWE white women. #PatriciaArquette
– Alex Millard (@Hippoinatutu) February 23, 2015
If I have one criticism of #Selma, it's the way the movie erased Patricia Arquette's key role in the Civil Rights movement.
– Aamer Rahman (@aamer_rahman) February 23, 2015
to act like other groups owe you for the time you spent swooping in on your white horse. mkay girl.
– Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) February 23, 2015
Live footage of Patricia Arquette asking gays & people of color to help her get better pay. pic.twitter.com/oDcIyqbknM
– BlackBroDude (@CraigSJ) February 23, 2015
Many bloggers and pundits also were less than thrilled with Arquette's comments:
“What Arquette said backstage, and the way many people took her comments, is that people of color and gay people need to drop their causes and struggles and turn their focus to the problem of wage disparity, to the problems that affect her, as a white woman,” writes Kelsey McKinney on Vox. “This undertone, that white women's issues are the important ones, has been the source of tension and anger among feminists and their allies for decades.”