Patricia Arquette Lashes Out at Critics, Defends Equal Rights Remarks

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Upon winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress on Sunday night, Patricia Arquette stood before millions of viewers and took a bold stance on an issue dear to her heart.

"To every woman who gave birth to every citizen and taxpayer of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights," Arquette said, adding:

"It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America."

The remarks garnered applause and shouts of encouragement from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez, among others. But not everyone was on Team Arquette afterward.

Actress Stacey Dash, for example, appeared on Fox News and said she was "appalled" by Arquette's speech. How so?

"I couldn't believe it," Dash, who recently implied that only bad girls get raped, said on Fox and Friends.

“Patricia Arquette needs to do her history. In 1963, Kennedy passed an equal pay law. It's still in effect. I didn't get the memo that I didn't have any rights."

Arquette, of course, never said women don't have any rights.

Kennedy, meanwhile, himself said in 1963 that “much remains to be done to achieve full equality of economic opportunity,” while President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act in January 2009.

The Senate, however, blocked efforts to expand this act in 2012.

Not that Arquette needs us to speak for her. The actress took to Twitter last night and fired back at critics on her own.

“Wage equality will help ALL women of all races in America. It will also help their children and society,” she wrote, addressing comments she made to the press about how "gay people, and all the people of color" should back the women's rights movement.

“I have long been an advocate for the rights of the #LBGT community. The question is why aren't you an advocate for equality for ALL women?” she continued, concluding:

"Guess which women are the most negatively effected in wage inequality? Women of color. #Equalpay for ALL women. Women stand together in this."

Your move, Stacey Dash.

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