In the wake of Jennifer Lawrence's controversial letter, Bradley Cooper -- star of Limitless and The Hangover -- has come out in support of Jennifer Lawrence and in the establishment of gender equality in the Hollywood film industry.
Cooper has voiced his support for Lawrence, stating that her popularity makes her the ideal actress to publicize the cause. He further stated that he's glad the issue is finally under discussion, and that it's time to "start fixing the problem."
In a recent interview with 'Reuters,' Cooper announced that he applauds Lawrence's actions in bringing the gender-wage gap in Hollywood to the forefront of discussion. He further stated that he plans to work with his colleagues in the future, assuring that he'll negotiate salaries with female co-stars prior to any film going into production.
"Usually you don't talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It's time to start doing that."
Bradley Cooper also argued that he hoped Lawrence's letter will encourage others in the industry to speak up and get their voices heard.
Jennifer Lawrence's Lenny Letter
"I’m over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! F--- that." [...] "Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves."
This scandal has come about as a result of last year's Sony hack, and has since become a much wider topic, with stars such as Emma Watson, Jessica Chastain, and now Rooney Mara, coming out in support of Lawrence's claims.
Mara, star of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, made the following statement in a recent interview with The Guardian:
“I’ve been in films where I’ve found out my male co-star got paid double what I got paid, and it’s just a reality of the time that we live in."
“To me, it’s frustrating, but at the same time, I’m just grateful to be getting paid at all for what I do.”
Jessica Chastain also voiced her support for Lawrence, stating that she's glad the topic is finally under discussion and that men are among those in favor of debating the issue.
It seems that Lawrence's letter is encouraging an ever-increasing number of celebrities to admit that they have experienced inequality in Hollywood, and the debate doesn't seem to be coming to a close any time soon.
With influential figures such as Bradley Cooper voicing their support, the Hollywood wage-gap scandal is becoming a readily discussed topic, and may actually lead to social equality in Hollywood.
As a society, we're unfortunate to have a history festering with social inequality, but if recent events are any indication, we could be well on our way to achieving equality for good.
I applaud Bradley Cooper for making such a positive contribution towards the fight to close the wage gap. But what are your thoughts on this issue?