jennifer lawrence on getting paid less for american hustle

last week academy award winning actress jennifer lawrence was in headlines as a result of an essay she wrote for lena dunham´s newsletter, lenny.

girls lena dunham jennifer lawrence
lena dunham (the girl closest to the camera) is the creator of the award winning series girls

fun esl practice :) richyrocks english on youtube

in her opening paragraph, lawrence writes

when lena first brought up the idea of lenny to me, i was excited… start thinking about what to complain about

bring up means mention or introduce.

james franco ice bucket challenge jennifer lawrence

jennifer lawrence didn’t do the ice bucket challenge because it became trendy. james franco didn’t mind. he took the challenge wearing only a moby dick t-shirt & covering his dick with a piece of paper.

despite remaining

ever-so-slightly quiet when it comes to feminism

because she doesn’t like

joining conversations that feel like they’re “trending.” i’m even the asshole who didn’t do anything about the ice-bucket challenge — which was saving lives — because it started to feel more like a “trend” than a cause.

the most reported part of her essay did sound slightly feminist, and it caused jennifer lawrence to trend for several hours on multiple days. slightly means a little, and ever so emphasizes the idea; i.e. very, very little. trending and trend are both used to indicate a hot topic of the moment.

american hustle jennifer lawrence
american hustle made more than $250 million globally.

the buzz surrounding lawrence’s opinion focused on her frustration over being paid less than her male co-stars in the movie american hustle, the golden globe winner for best comedy or musical in 2013. she wrote

when the sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, i didn’t get mad at sony. i got mad at myself. i failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. i didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.

find out is used when information is discovered. dick is another name for penis. give up is quit or stop trying. frankly and honestly are synonyms, and due to is the same as because of.

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jennifer lawrence stars in the hunger games & x-men franchises

jennifer says she is

over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable

which means it used to be important to her to always be liked, but not anymore. however she also admits she has her fingers crossed (hoping) that her opinion won’t piss anyone off (make them angry).

fingers crossed jennifer lawrence
fingers crossed: please don’t be pissed!

she shares this story as evidence of how women and men are perceived differently

a few weeks ago at work, i spoke my mind and gave my opinion in a clear and no-bullshit way; no aggression, just blunt. the man i was working with (actually, he was working for me) said, “whoa! we’re all on the same team here!” as if i was yelling at him.  u would have thought i had said something offensive.

speak your mind means to say what u are thinking. blunt means direct. yell at can mean literally to shout or scream, but in this scenario it indicates a reprimand. the use of third conditional (would have thought) and past perfect (i had said) indicate that these ideas are hypothetical.  in reality, she didn’t say anything offensive.

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a sketch of jennifer lawrence from the lenny newsletter (jennifer williams)

lawrence concludes

this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but i wasn’t completely wrong when another leaked sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a “spoiled brat.”

leak means unofficially released to the media. fellow shows that lawrence is talking about another lead actress (it’s angelina jolie).  spoiled and brat are both used to describe kids who have terrible attitudes; who aren’t used to hearing the word “no” from their parents. in this scenario it is labeling jolie as immature or childish.

and j law’s mention of her vagina furthers her point that women are not treated the same as men when negotiating in hollywood.

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producer scott rudin called angelina jolie a spoiled brat.   

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