"It's a bit vulgar, isn't it?"
In a recent interview with BBC Newsbeat to promote the movie Steve Jobs, Kate Winslet was asked about the trending topic of the gender pay gap in Hollywood.
The star revealed that she has quite a problem with this kind of conversation, resting on her (arguably British) traditions of finding the discussion of money in bad taste and "vulgar."
"I don't think that's a very nice conversation to have publicly at all. I'm quite surprised by these conversations, to be honest, simply because it seems quite a strange thing to be discussing out in the open like that.”
The star went on to say:
"...because they keep coming up and I understand why they're coming up, but maybe it's a British thing, I don't like talking about money.”
The Titanic star also felt like it was not her place to talk about other people's comments on the issue. As for herself, Kate said she is happy with how "things are ticking along."
Winslet shared that she would simply remove herself from a situation if she felt like she was facing discrimination for being a woman. She also commented:
"I'm perfectly capable of standing up for myself
"I'm a strong individual, that's important to me, yeah, absolutely, but I haven't ever felt as though I've really had to stick up for myself just because I'm a woman.
"I can't honestly say that's happened."
We respect Winslet for having and voicing her own opinion. However, it must be said that the superstar is coming from a place of privilege that so many women do not have. She is a high-profile, wealthy, white, straight and presumably cis-gendered actress, so there are many opportunities available to her.
You could also argue that these conversations about gender pay gaps are totally necessary both in and out of Hollywood, because for so many women, overt discrimination does happen on a day-to-day basis. Discrepancies between male and female wages have a much greater impact on these women's lives.
It would have been nice to have seen Winslet at least acknowledge other women's struggles instead of only relating the pay gap issue back to herself and her 'individual' experience.
We wish Kate Winslet would have shown solidarity to all the women in society who do feel that sexist discrimination has happened to them.