Hollywood’s love of symbolism over reality shone bright on Sunday night as millionaire actress Patricia Arquette called for wage equality for women in America. Arquette, who collected an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie Boyhood, launched into a call for a new era of civil rights.
“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America,” Arquette called out at the end of her rambling acceptance speech.
Arquette’s net worth is pegged at $24 million by the website Celebrity Networth. For seven seasons, from 2005-2011, Arquette starred as Allison Dubois, a psychic who helped the Phoenix District Attorney's office solve criminal cases. Several reports suggest that by the end of the series Arquette was being paid $225,000 per episode.
The hypocrisy of a woman who made $5 million a year calling for wage equality was apparently lost on Arquette and on the rest of the Hollywood elite cheering her on.
Meryl Streep, cheering loudly from the front row, is estimated to have earned $10 million last year, enough to place her at the 92nd post on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list.
Compare that to real America where the median household income is $53,046. That is for men and women living as a family.
The left, which Hollywood is surely a part of, has never been ashamed of using the call for equal pay as a rallying cry while ignoring reality. As has been reported in the past The White House has been shameless in calling on the private sector to enact equal pay while refusing to do so themselves.
A Washington Post report last summer highlighted how bad it is for women in the Obama White House.
The average male White House employee currently earns about $88,600, while the average female White House employee earns about $78,400, according to White House data released Tuesday. That is a gap of 13 percent.
Perhaps it was this fact that prompted actress Stacey Dash to point out that it was President Kennedy who signed the Equal Pay Act back in 1963.