Patricia Arquette Defends Herself Against Oscars Backlash: "Wage Equality Will Help ALL Women"

"Women have been basically paying a gender tax for generations."

Patricia Arquette has come under fire for comments she made when expanding on her wage-equality speech after the Oscars on Sunday.

The actress took to Twitter to defend herself, standing by her statements about women's rights.

Arquette was criticized after her comments in the Oscar press room, where she said: "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 color that we've fought for to fight for us, now."

Critics interpreted Arquette's remarks to mean she was excluding LGBT people and racial minorities from her speech, putting them in a separate category of people who needed to fight for white feminism. Other people defended Arquette's speech, saying they don't think that is what the actress meant and that people shouldn't tear apart her attempts to fight for women's rights.