Jennifer Lawrence hasn’t been shy about, well, anything really. But she’s been particularly vocal about body image issues. Last month she got into a verbal skirmish with E!’s Fashion Police over their warping influence on our cultural and sociological landscape. She said:
There are shows like the ‘Fashion Police’ that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on all the wrong values and that it’s OK to point at people and call them ugly or fat.
This was host Joan River’s scathing, incisive and witty response.
WAIT! It just dawned on me why Jennifer Lawrence fell on her way up to the stage to get her Oscar. She tripped over her own arrogance.— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) November 12, 2013
Good one Joan. I’ll let you decide who emerged the victor in that particular interaction. Lawrence is once again defending young men and women against the warping influence of the media in this segment from her 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2013 interview with Barbara Walters. This time she’s calling on the law.
In case you can’t watch the video, this is what Lawrence says when Walters asks her why she’s so sensitive to red carpet criticism:
Because why is humiliating people funny? And I get it, and I do it too, we all do it. But I think when it comes to the media, the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls that are watching these television shows and picking up how to talk and how to be cool. So then all of a sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that’s wearing an ugly dress or making fun of the girl that’s, you know. And the word fat. I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. If we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?
Whether or not you think sensitivity to body image issues or worship of Jennifer Lawrence has gotten out of control, you have to admit she makes a good point; particularly when she brings in puritanical attitudes towards “sex and cuss words.” What do you think? Of course Lawrence is exercising some hyperbole here, but should this kind of language be monitored? Who watches the watchmen? Who polices the fashion police?