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Jennifer Lawrence 'would have more to complain about pay if she was a black actress', say Chris Rock

Published 31/12/2015

Jennifer Lawrence attends a special screening of Joy
Jennifer Lawrence attends a special screening of Joy

Jennifer Lawrence's recent comments about pay inequality for leading female movie stars in Hollywood has fallen on deaf ears with Chris Rock.

The American comedian has waded into the Joy star's pay gap row in Hollywood, and suggested she doesn’t actually know what struggling is.

The Hunger Games star - who is also reputed to have been the top earning female actor - has spoken out about the unfairness that presides over the movie industry when it comes to the difference in actor and actress’ wages.

Stand up comedian Rock was interviewed for a New Yorker profile on Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones when he made the remarks.

“Black women have the hardest gig in show business," he sighed. “You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she's a woman – if she was black, she'd really have something to complain about."

Jennifer and her American Hustle co-star Amy Adams were famously paid less than their male colleagues Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale for the movie - a fact that was made public when the Sony emails were hacked in 2014.

The 25-year-old has also recently spoken about her comments, telling Britain’s Grazia magazine: “I’m aware that movie stars earn too much money in relation to the rest of the world. But it's the principle that is important.

“I can't stand a lack of fairness. This has nothing to do with ingratitude - I love my job and I know how lucky I am to be able to live off my art.”

Lawrence is being tipped for her second Oscar for her performance in Joy, a single mother who went on to become a successful businesswoman in the 1990s after inventing the Miracle Mop.

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