Jennifer Lawrence wrote an open letter for Lena Dunham’s newsletter (because of course, Lena Dunham is the type of person who has her own newsletter) and it struck a nerve. Jennifer Lawrence get’s paid $20 million a movie, and she says she should make more….and she’s right!
Before you roll your eyes, read the full interview. She’s not just whining about her paycheck- she’s addressing a big problem with the movie industry and with the American workplace in general. Jennifer Lawrence was paid less than all of her male co-stars in American Hustle. I’m not just talking about Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper. Jeremy Renner got a bigger pay check for playing a smaller role. Jeremy Freaking Renner. That’s what I like to call injustice!
When Jeremy Renner gets paid more than Jennifer Lawrence, a rant is in order. JenLaw is an American treasure, okay!? She’s a massive celebrity (arguably the BIGGEST celebrity right now). The fact that she’s getting paid less than freaking Jeremy Renner (a D-list actor or B-list Avenger at best!) is a metaphor for income inequality. Did I use metaphor appropriately in that last sentence? Probably not, but I don’t care. I’m angry.
Granted, Jennifer Lawrence is still a 25 year old Oscar winning millionaire, so I don’t feel TOO bad for her. But her argument is valid. Women are getting paid less than men for the same amount of work. That’s true in Hollywood and that’s true in America. If it takes an essay in Lena Dunham’s newsletter to bring attention to that, so be it. You keep being JenLaw, JenLaw!