Slate writer Amanda Marcotte didn't like Patricia Arquette's Oscar speech championing feminism because according to her, it didn't represent the right kind of feminism. Her Monday article attempted to explain her reasoning.
Marcotte began by stating that Arquette's comments were "shallow," "insulting," and "bad for feminism."
During Sunday night's Oscars, Arquette launched into a complaint about wage inequality for women as she accepted an award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Boyhood. Marcotte said the comments sounded "ninth-grade debate club debut-ish," but it was Arquette's elaboration backstage that Marcotte felt sent the most "troubling message," especially to women of color and lesbians.
Backstage, Arquette said: "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.”
For Marcotte, that is a "particularly disturbing" message to send in the current climate of women's rights. "Arquette's political grandstanding played into every ugly stereotype about 'feminism' being about little more than some privileged white women trying to become more privileged," Marcotte wrote.
Marcotte said in conclusion that the comments "were bad for the cause of equal pay and for feminism," and noted, "Solidarity is not just for white women."