Veteran Hollywood actor and stand-up comedian, Chris Rock says, if Jennifer Lawrence is complaining about equal pay for all genders in Hollywood, what would her fellow Black women actors complain about.
“Black women have the hardest gig in show business,” he said in a New Yorker profile on ‘Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones’.
“You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she’s a woman – if she was black, she’d really have something to complain about.”
In October, Lawrence wrote a widely publicized essay on gender pay inequality in Hollywood published in Lena Dunham’s newsletter.
The ‘Hunger Games’ star was compelled to write the essay after learning she made less money than her male costars in ‘American Hustle’ following last year’s Sony Hack.
Lawrence – who’s nominated for a Golden Globe (her fourth nod) for her performance in Joy – was 2015’s highest paid actress in the world after raking in $52 million this year, according to Forbes. According to the same article covering actors, Robert Downey Jr. topped the list, raking in $80 million.