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Patricia Clarkson On Gender Inequality: ‘A White Male Actor Should Never Be Allowed to Complain About Anything’

Clarkson cited the hypocrisy of male outrage over the upcoming all-female "Ghostbusters" remake.

Patricia Clarkson

Patricia Clarkson


Patricia Clarkson has a message for all the men complaining about the all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot: Shut up.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Clarkson lamented the hypocrisy of male outrage over the upcoming Paul Feig remake. “There are still so many movies made starring 50 men and one woman!” she said. “A white male actor should never be allowed to complain about anything.”

Clarkson is no stranger to the double-standards of Hollywood. The 56-year-old actress has had to fight back against unfair treatment many times in her career. “When I was younger, of course I had people act inappropriately to me,” she said. “I didn’t stand for it and I didn’t let it go far enough for it to be in any way abusive to me…Women have risen, but we’re still underpaid and we’re still a vast minority in this business.”

When Clarkson discovered eight years ago that a male co-star on a film was being paid more than her, she demanded the production rectify the situation immediately. While there may me movement on the compensation front, Clarkson said more pressure is placed on female-driven films to perform well financially.

“Men make bad movies that bomb all the time but they’re like, ‘Oh, well, we didn’t do the marketing right,’” she said. “Eat me!”

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