Patricia Arquette has responded to that Oscars controversy

Patricia Arquette delivered a rallying cry for equal pay while accepting her Oscar for best supporting actress on Sunday evening – but her comments prompted accusations she was ignoring people of colour and the LGBT community.

The Boyhood actress said in a speech "we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights" adding it was now time for “wage equality” for women in America, to whoops from the crowd and cheers from Meryl Streep.

She added backstage: "It's time for all the women in America and all the men who love women and all the gay people and all the people of colour that we’ve fought for, to fight for us now.”

The comments were criticised by many including on Slate where writer Amanda Marcotte pointed out “gay people” and “people of colour” included women. “Her comments were bad for the cause of equal pay and for feminism. Solidarity is not just for white women.” Mic, meanwhile, said the speech revealed a big problem with “White Feminism.”

In the wake of the criticism, Arquette posted a series of tweets where she said she was fighting for "all women" and "especially women of colour".

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? If you are fighting against Equal pay you are fighting for ALL women and especially women of color to make less money than men. Guess which women are the most negatively effected in [sic] wage inequality? Women of color. Equal pay for ALL women. Women stand together in this.

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She added: "I don't care if people are pissed The truth is that wage inequality adversely effects women."

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