Tom Cruise slammed for Wal-Mart comments

The actor is getting criticized for what he said about women at the company's shareholder meeting.

By Kim Peterson Jun 14, 2013 1:15PM
Tom Cruise speaks at the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. shareholders meeting in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday (© Sarah Bentham/Bloomberg via Getty Images)Tom Cruise is getting bashed on Twitter and other social media sites for saying that Wal-Mart (WMT) has improved women's lives around the world.

Cruise spoke at the company's shareholder meeting last week, joining actor Hugh Jackman and a handful of musicians as onstage entertainment. The celebrities weren't paid, but Wal-Mart tends to give their projects exposure in return, according to MSNBC.

In his comments, Cruise reportedly said that Wal-Mart is "using its size and scale to improve women's lives around the world."

Never mind the fact that nearly 2,000 women have filed sex discrimination claims against the retailer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. And that other claims of gender discrimination at Wal-Mart made their way to the Supreme Court (which dismissed the claims because the workers couldn't be considered a unified class).

Forget that Wal-Mart employees, men and women alike, are paid so poorly that they depend on food stamps and subsidized housing to survive. And that Wal-Mart continues to use garment suppliers in Bangladesh even though women make up 85% of the workers in Bangladesh clothing factories, enduring physical abuse and horrible working conditions while earning less than $40 a month.

To be fair, we don't know the whole of Cruise's speech, and his comment may have been taken out of context. But the Internet is still coming down hard on the actor, saying Wal-Mart's female employees are treated badly and must live on food stamps because they don't receive a living wage.

"Tom Cruise clearly has no clue about 'women's lives around the world,'" one Twitter user wrote. "Does he know nothing about Wal-Mart??" another user asked.

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Jun 14, 2013 1:35PM
He believes scientology too.  Not exactly the brightest bulb in the room.
Jun 14, 2013 2:10PM
I don't think much of Tom Cruise, either as a person or as an actor.  His misguided and much too narrow perceptions of the world and his surroundings don't lend much room for me to change my very low opinion of him.  And I make it a point to not view see any movie that he appears in.  His views about Walmart and women are just as ignorant as he is.
Jun 14, 2013 2:17PM
Stick to the movies Tom.  I don't think anybody wants to hear your two cents on anything as in my opinion you are not a role model for marriage, parenting or whatever that Church of Scientology preaches or brainwashes.  
Jun 14, 2013 1:50PM

Brilliant Actor! Love his work. He should however be treated like a child in an adult gathering, not heard or seen...... except on screen. The guy obviously has a very loose grip on reality, which is exactly the reason he can submerge into a role and perform so brilliantly.


Tom, if you have to say something, have your publicist write it down for you! If you need attention, make another movie!

Jun 14, 2013 1:58PM
He has no clue on women period.  He has been married what 3 times now.  Seems to me that he needs to stay single and not look for number 4. 
Jun 14, 2013 1:40PM
Jun 14, 2013 2:42PM
Jun 14, 2013 2:15PM
Why don't people stick to their own profession and stop trying to make money on others.  So tired of these spotlight queens.  Tom you are on your way out so stay out of our affairs.
Jun 14, 2013 3:12PM
Jun 14, 2013 1:54PM
walmart paid him a lot of money to speak at their function. he's an actor. he will say anything for money. i'd like to know what his fee was. 100k?
Jun 14, 2013 2:34PM
Dear Tom,
STFU and stick to acting.  You know NOTHING about the plight of women especially postpartum depression.

Jun 14, 2013 3:14PM
Mr. Wonderful needs to go back to his village; they are missing their idiot.
Jun 14, 2013 1:38PM
If people hate Wal-Mart then don't shop there. The rest of us will continue to go there to take care of our families at cheap prices.  The wages at my local Wal-Mart are better than most other retail in my area and they have medical insurance available when no others retailers in our small town offer this benefit.
Jun 14, 2013 2:32PM
I find it funny when somebody talks about WalMart using it's "size and scale to improve women's lives around the world" when the size of most female WalMart shoppers makes it difficult for them to read any scale they may be standing on.  And I wonder what Tom thinks about WalMart pharmacies selling anti-depressant drugs.  What a farce.  
Jun 14, 2013 3:50PM
I was disappointed with both Cruise and Jackman for touting a company that refuses to commit itself to plant safety in third world countries.  Bangladesh is just the latest country to suffer a major manufacturing disaster in service to Wal-Mart's low, low, prices.   In this country, they pay rock bottom wages for undependable hours and when benefits are available the majority of employees can't afford them.  They wouldn't have much left in their already low paychecks.  Now Wal Mart is using the temporary hire strategy which allows them to pay little, not guarantee hours, withdraw employment at any time for any reason and not even offer benefits like insurance.  Just remember when you pay your taxes for Obamacare, you are subsidizing Wal Mart. 
Jun 14, 2013 2:43PM
your article is so biased its bordering on a disgrace to any form of balanced reporting , what is the point of that ?
Jun 14, 2013 3:00PM


What's wrong with Walmart employees?  They have a job they can choose to go to or they can quite & go onto Obama welfare & subsequently continue to vote the likes of him back into office so they can continue to stay on the welfare role.  The current administrative policies of Obama's

continue to add to the welfare role, it's SIMPLY HUMAN NATURE for people to accept hand-outs when the administration is so willing to do so in an effort to get re-elected & further drive this country into the ground. that amnesty is being pushed by the senate for another 11 million illegals, look who's going to take these Walmart jobs while our welfare roles continue to increase to unbelievable levels, until the country goes bust.

Jun 14, 2013 2:42PM
Interesting comments. Mostly false.  Don't believe everything you read in the media.  Most of it is propaganda by pro union groups.  My wife actually works for Walmart and is treated fairly and compensated well.  Walmart is the second largest employer in the US next to the department of Defense.  If you are a hard working talented person, you can work your way up from an entry level job into an executive or management position.  Even if you don't have a college education.  You can't do that without a college degree at Target.  But you never hear about that.  You also never hear about the money Walmart donates to various charitable organizations, because they don't advertise those things.  Bottom line is if you work like an $8 an hour employee you are going to be stuck there.  If you work hard you will be recognized.
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