Kate Winslet slammed for calling gender pay gap discussions “vulgar”
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12 November 2015
British actress Kate Winslet may have just found an enemy in the form of The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, after calling the pay gap dispute the star is leading “vulgar”.
Of course, the gender pay gap isn’t just a problem experienced in La La Land, but also the real world, so Winslet’s casual denunciation of the plight hasn’t been particularly well received by the public.
Data published by the ONS on 10 November found that women are effectively working for free up until the new year. It’s a result of the average hourly pay of a full-time female worker sitting at just £14.39 per hour, when compared to £16.77 for men
Jennifer Lawrence has been outspoken on Hollywood’s gender pay gap on a number of occasions. It follows leaked emails that revealed that her American Hustle co-stars Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale were set to receive nine per cent of box office takings, compared to her five per cent and Amy Adams’ seven per cent.
In an interview with Newsbeat, Winslet – who is on the promotional tour for new film Steve Jobs in which she plays the Apple founder’s right-hand woman – called the campaign “vulgar”.
“I’m having such a problem with these conversations. I understand why they are coming up but maybe it’s a British thing. I don’t like talking about money; it’s a bit vulgar isn’t it?,” she said.
“I don’t think that’s a very nice conversation to have publicly at all. I’m quite surprised by these conversations to be honest, simply because it seems quite a strange thing to be discussing out in the open like that.
“I am a very lucky woman and I’m quite happy with how things are ticking along.”
By very lucky, she means she’s worth $90m.
She said she’s never experienced sexism in the industry, and said: “If I’d ever been in that situation I would have either dealt with it or removed myself from it. I find all this quite uncomfortable.”
Some onlookers have pointed out that Lawrence’s demands aren’t necessarily a gender problem, but related to experience. For example, her co-star Bale has been acting since 1986 – Lawrence wasn’t even born until 1990.
On the other side of the coin, Winslet has been slammed for brushing the problem under the carpet.
Kate Winslet thinks talk of the pay gap is ‘vulgar’ – so let’s all pretend it doesn’t exist https://t.co/V1GjVTnsSD
— Katie Clark (@KatieDailyEcho) November 12, 2015
Kate Winslet saying it’s not British and “a bit vulgar” to talk about the gender pay gap is really useful, thanks babe.
— Big Suze (@neversquare) November 10, 2015
Winslet on gender pay chat: It’s a bit vulgar https://t.co/OlisVPv1VlIt’s not about money, it’s about equality and fair play, Kate Winslet.
— Francesca (@francesca_valli) November 10, 2015
Equal pay: I think millionaire Kate Winslet’s being a tad naïve. https://t.co/cc0iQgQy7b
— Kenneth Fee (@KFeeOD) November 10, 2015
So long as you’re alright then, Kate https://t.co/h4oHMqzA9K
— Mark Wilson (@bellshillwilson) November 10, 2015
Winslet has risked the wrath of Lawrence, particularly after the lead of The Hunger Games – in which Lawrence’s character leads a revolt against the establishment – said in her gender gap article: “I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likeable! Fuck that.
“I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue. Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? We’ve only been able to vote for what, 90 years? Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men?”
To Winslet, we say this: “May the odds be ever in your favour” – and read more on the gender pay gap below:
- Getting women on boards is not about financial reward – it’s about attitude change
- Virgin Money boss’ review calls for firms to link bonuses to appointment of female senior staff
- Women have little faith the gender pay gap will be closed
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