NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, December 31, 2015, 12:51 PM
“You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she’s a woman,” Chris Rock told the New Yorker. “If she was black, she’d really have something to complain about.”
“Joy” star Jennifer Lawrence is caught between Chris Rock and a hard place.
While Lawrence has become the face of Hollywood’s push for wage equality, Rock says the white actress hasn’t had it nearly as hard as her black peers.
The candid comic dismissed grievances the actress aired in her now-famous essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter, titled “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?,” arguing that “black women have the hardest gig in show business.”
“You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she’s a woman,” Rock told the New Yorker for a profile on “Saturday Night Live” player Leslie Jones. “If she was black, she’d really have something to complain about.”
Chris Rock appeared in a sketch with Leslie Jones when he hosted “Saturday Night Live” Nov. 1, 2014.
It’s far from the first time that the “Top Five” director, who helped Jones get the “SNL” gig in late 2013 after her 25 grueling years working as a stand-up, has blasted Tinseltown for its scant opportunities for women of color.
“There are almost no black women in film. You can go to whole movies and not see one black woman,” he wrote in a fiery essay for the Hollywood Reporter last December.
“I go to the movies almost every week, and I can go a month and not see a black woman having an actual speaking part in a movie. That’s the truth.”
Jennifer Lawrence (far r.) blamed a wage gap between herself and her male “American Hustle” co-stars, which came to light during the 2014 Sony hacks, on her own lack of assertiveness.
Rock stands in stark contrast to the sea of celebrities — including Bradley Cooper, Emma Watson, Jessica Chastain and Mark Ruffalo — who heaped praise on Lawrence for her essay.
In the widely circulated October takedown, the 25-year-old “Silver Linings Playbook” star blamed a wage gap between herself and her male “American Hustle” co-stars, which came to light during the 2014 Sony hacks, on her own lack of assertiveness.
“I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable! F— that,” she fumed. “I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard.”