Recently, actress Jennifer Lawrence asked some uncomfortable questions in an essay for Lena Dunham's email newsletter Lenny Letter. Mostly, she asked herself and her fellow actresses how it's been permitted that there's still a persistent gender wage gap in 2015 Hollywood even for A-list celebs whose contracts are negotiated by top agents. It all began when the Sony hack exposed the fact that Jennifer Lawrence made considerably less than her male co-stars in American Hustle, despite the fact that she's one of the most bankable actresses in Hollywood. The reaction to her essays have been varied, but one publication decided to title their coverage of the story "Jennifer Lawrence’s complaint a bratty display from a wealthy youngster."
While at a press conference for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2 on Saturday, Lawrence responded to questions about her essay, and referenced the offending title as a perfect example of why women need to speak up:
I hoped to just write about my own fears of how am I going to be portrayed? Or how am I going to look? How will people judge me? Obviously the men in the movie don’t think that way.
Even after I wrote it, I don’t remember the website, but they called it 'Jennifer Lawrence’s bratty display.' And I was like, 'Thank you for completely making my point.' If a woman speaks up, is assertive and has a voice, she’s going to be called 'a brat.' I don’t see a man being called 'a brat.'
Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson backed up her girl, saying:
As girls we don't always have the confidence to feel like we won't be judged if we speak up. That's at the heart of that essay. It's a really important thing to speak up.
It is important to keep speaking up. Just like a man would.