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A Conversation With Myself Over the Non-Existent Jennifer Lawrence Backlash

By Dustin Rowles | Think Pieces | December 5, 2013 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Think Pieces | December 5, 2013 |


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Hey Dustin, have you see these posts about the brewing Jennifer Lawrence backlash?

Yeah, it’s weird, right? Then there are other pieces trying to create a backlash against the backlash.

We seem awfully obsessed with backlashes, don’t we?

Right?

Why can’t we just appreciate the moment, you know? It’s a rare thing when you get someone as refreshingly delightful as Lawrence: She doesn’t fit the typical Hollywood starlet mode. She’s adorable in interviews, and fantastic in movies, both big and small. I hate that we’re trying to make a game of her celebrity. Like, we’re trying to predict the moment the public becomes weary of her, as though her celebrity itself were a movie whose box-office we can predict.

EXACTLY. She’s a person, not a commodity. And the thing about writing these backlash pieces is that it becomes self-fulfilling, in a way. If there’s a backlash coming, there are certain people who are going to want to jump on it. Because that’s the way the Internet works. Those “I’m just so tired of her” comments gain a life of their own.

Yes, and of course, another camp will spring to her defense, and suddenly there are warring factions, two sides of the Internet screaming at each other over whether Jennifer Lawrence is over. And the thing is, it’s completely out of Jennifer Lawrence’s control. She’s just making movies, and then promoting them, and doing her damndest to be as genuine as possible throughout it all.

It’s exhausting, isn’t it? And it really does a disservice to a very talented and very sweet actress for outlets like Salon to manufacture a backlash where there was none before.

Right, and it’s not like she’s particularly overexposed at the moment. She just happens to have two movies out around the same time, but we haven’t seen much of her since the last Oscar season. Granted, she does have four movies coming out in 2014, but to me, that just means every three months we get our Jennifer Lawrence infusions, which I’m thrilled about.

People really just like to find stuff to bitch about, don’t they?

They do, but you know what the irony is? Usually, the people the media covers as much as Jennifer Lawrence are being covered for all the wrong reasons. Britney Spears. Lindsay Lohan. Paris Hilton. The Kardashians. That Bynes woman. The Internet lives to mock them and to watch their descent into madness on their way to an eventual obscurity.

Yes, and we’re covering Jennifer Lawrence for the exact opposite reason. We are celebrating someone. We are fawning over her because she’s great. She’s an antidote to snark and cynicism.

Exactly. She’s like the poster child for the Millennial obsession with positivity. She’s perfect for the Buzzfeed and Upworthy model, because she’s a never-ending supply of warmth, radiance, and goodness.

But isn’t there another irony in the fact that in the midst of the Buzzfeeds and the Upworthys, Internet comment sections and Twitter and Facebook have never been nastier? It’s a weird paradox.

I agree.

Can we agree on something else, Dustin?

Sure.

Can we agree not to rush to take a position on the Jennifer Lawrence backlash? Does it exist? Does it not exist? Who cares? It’s a media-contrived bullshit designed to generate page views.

Hey! I like page views.

Me, too! We need them to pay for the kids’ preschool.

Exactly, and that’s why I hope Jennifer Lawrence is around forever. She’s Internet fuel.

But what if we spend too much of it? What if we contribute to her demise?

Shut up, Dustin.

OK.


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