Chris Rock’s response to Jennifer Lawrence’s pay-gap essay: ‘Black women have the hardest gig in show business’
A short excerpt from a Leslie Jones profile has pitted comedian Chris Rock against Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence.
The “Grown Ups 2" actor was tapped for comment by the New Yorker for a profile of his pal, whom he met when they were both road comics in the late ‘80s. Not surprisingly, the piece went on about the 48-year-old “Saturday Night Live” star being pigeonholed as a black comic and her struggle to come up in the male-dominated field -- despite working for 25-plus years in stand-up and opening for the likes of Dave Chappelle and Katt Williams.
That’s why Rock, who helped Jones secure her “SNL” gig to much fanfare in 2014, told the magazine that black women have it much harder in Tinseltown.
The outspoken Oscars host was referring to “The Hunger Games” star’s viral October essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter in which she lambasted the gender pay gap in Hollywood. The Oscar winner made no mention of race in her piece, just gender inequality, which was magnified when the Sony hack revealed that she earned much less than her male costars for their work on 2013’s “American Hustle.”
Incidentally, Rock’s remarks, appearing pretty early in the Jones piece, eclipsed the “Ghostbusters” star’s profile, which can be read in full here.
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The “Inside Amy Schumer” star, right, is a daring, foul-mouthed trailblazer who doesn’t shy away from raunch or vagina jokes, especially when they highlight disparities in the patriarchy. The Comedy Central star, whose sister Kim Schumer also writes on her sketch show, isn’t afraid to self-deprecate and throw herself at the feet of Kimye, either.(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
The “Pitch Perfect” actress’ tweets and TV interviews have fans thirsting for more Anna thanks to her pithy observational posts, which have been turned into motivational posters, and blunt, self-deprecating, no-nonsense humor. She does a mean lip-synch battle too.(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
The “Daily Show” correspondent built on her sketch and improv comedy background by joining the show in 2012. Her witty clips became so popular that the fan favorite was featured as Jon Stewart’s replacement in 2015’s “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” though she claimed that she was underqualifed to replace the outgoing host in real life. Williams’ segments lambasted inequalities faced by women and other minorities.(Larry Busacca / Getty Images)
This “Daily Show” correspondent became the longest-serving correspondent in 2012 before exiting the satirical news show in 2015 to start her own version of it on TBS.(Robin Marchant / Getty Images for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)
The breakout “Pitch Perfect” star also writes, produces and starred in the comedy “Super Fun Night.” She holds a degree from one of Sydney’s most prestigious law schools, and her success comes at a time when Hollywood is embracing smart, funny women who aren’t the stick-figure Hollywood norm.(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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