The Boyhood star was called "tone-deaf" for her comments on race and LGBTQ causes

By Maria Mercedes Lara
Updated February 23, 2015 09:25 AM
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Patricia Arquette‘s Oscars speech may have won the approval of Meryl Streep, but the comments she made after she left the stage are kicking up quite a bit of controversy – and not for the reason you would think.

Arquette, 46, made a rousing call for wage equality when she accepted the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress on Sunday night, saying, “It’s high time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Her comments were met with cheers and applause in the audience and #WageEquality and #EqualRights quickly began trending on Twitter.

However, things got tricky when the Boyhood star expanded on her speech in the press room following her win, suggesting that LGBTQ and race equality activists aren’t also fighting for the feminist cause.

“It’s time for women in America and all the men, all the gay men, the people of color, to fight for us now,” she told reporters, referring to women’s rights. “We need federal laws that are comprehensive.”

These comments didn’t sit right with some feminists on Twitter, who felt that Arquette was ignoring the fact that women’s rights also affects people of color and those fighting for LGBTQ causes.

It appeared that Arquette didn’t notice the alienation controversy that her backstage comments caused when she spoke to PEOPLE at the Oscars. When asked about her statements being controversial, the actress said, “Guess what? At one point it was controversial that blacks couldn’t vote.

“People need to talk about this,” she continued. “There is no reason why in 2015 women and men aren’t making the same amount of money. It’s time to talk about it now.”

Watch Arquette’s Oscar speech above.