02/24/2015 09:54 am ET

Patricia Arquette On Pay Equality: Insulting To Feminism.

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It's easy to laugh at the timid way that celebrities frequently wade into feminism, offering pat statements scripted by a team of public relations experts to be as nonoffensive as possible. But Patricia Arquette's performance at Sunday night's Oscars shows exactly why that's the best way to go.

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