When Patricia Arquette accepted her Oscar on Sunday, she gave a moving speech. And she should have stopped there. But in the midst of feeling herself, and probably the alcohol, Arquette’s comments made backstage made her fodder of the internet yesterday. Think piece, after think piece was written about Arquette’s comments and how her white privilege rear its ugly head.

If you missed it, here’s what she said:

“It’s time for women. Equal means equal. The truth is the older women get, the less money they make. The highest percentage of children living in poverty are in female-headed households. It’s inexcusable that we go around the world and we talk about equal rights for women in other countries and we don’t. One of those superior court justices said two years ago in a law speech at a university that we don’t have equal rights for women in America and we don’t because when they wrote Constitution, they didn’t intend it for women. So the truth is even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America right under the surface there are huge issues at play that really do affect women. It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”

Stop the presses. Yes, she went there.

And now she’s backtracking. The actress took to Twitter to explain her comments:
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And it’s not like her tweets made her initial comments any better.

What Arquette doesn’t understand is that fight for equality isn’t anything new for Black or gay people. We’ve been fighting for equality forever. It’s the white woman who are late to the party. Maybe if she understood that better, than she could educate herself on the Civil Rights, Gay Rights and the Equal Pay Movements. And you’d have to wonder if Arquette is only concerned about equal pay, after the Sony hack revealed that the movie studio was also lowballing women.

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