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Here Are More Reasons To Not Like Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence has been slammed on Twitter this week for recalling an incident where she scratched her ass on sacred Hawaiian rocks and almost killed a crew member while filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire back in 2012.

She shared her story on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show last Friday and people all over social media demanded an apology for her obscene story, which Lawrence issued on Facebook.

“I meant absolutely no disrespect to the Hawaiian people. I really thought that I was being self deprecating about the fact that I was “the curse”, but I understand the way it was perceived was not funny and I apologize if I offended anyone.”

In case you needed a recap, here’s what she told the audience as she fought back laughter:

“The [rocks] were sacred, and you’re not supposed to sit on them because you’re not supposed to expose your genitalia to them.

“I, however, was in a wetsuit for this whole shoot so – oh my God, they were so good for butt-itching.

“One rock that I was butt-scratching on ended up coming loose.

“It was a giant boulder and it rolled down this mountain and almost killed our sound guy.

“And his whole station got destroyed, it was a huge dramatic deal and all the Hawaiians were like ‘Oh my god, it’s the curse.’

“And I’m round the corner going, ‘Haha! I’m your curse – I wedged it loose with my ass.'”

The curse she speaks of is known locally as ‘Pele’s curse’ which is the belief that interfering with anything Hawaiian, such as the removal of black sand or lava rocks, will cause bad luck.

To make matters worse, this was not the first time the 26-year-old told her story. She first shared it on US show ‘Live with Kelly and Michael’ back in 2013.

As 2017 is fast approaching, it should be clear by now that the celebrated Jennifer Lawrence is far from relatable and is just plain problematic. The actress was being obliviously disrespectful and culturally insensitive (when isn’t she?) and this is one of several times her comments have sparked criticism over the years. Her so-called funny, feminist and body positive quotes circulate the internet but I’d much rather focus on her ignorant, misogynistic and body-shaming comments.

For instance, she can’t just sit there looking conventionally stunning and healthy yet claim that she is considered ‘obese’ in Hollywood and will ‘be the only actress who doesn’t have anorexia rumors’. How can an actress rewarded for both her beauty and candidly honest attributes body-shame herself and millions of others in the process, particularly those suffering from eating disorders? She is well aware of her role model status yet still feels the need to constantly talk about what she perceives to be her ‘flaws’. Just because she isn’t a size zero doesn’t mean she should be considered chubby or bigger. She is also ‘sick of these young girls with diets’ but did she ever think that she might be influencing these ‘young girls’ to diet? Calling your practically slim and healthy self obese isn’t helping.

Her body image aren’t the only controversial issue here. The actress was shocked to hear that her X-Men character, Mystique, is bisexual in the comics. She then casually decided that it is indeed possible because the character is 100 years old.

“She has kids, she has night crawlers, and she sleeps with Magneto! Unless I’m completely wrong, I mean, she is 100 years old, she definitely had time for a lesbian phase.”

A “lesbian phase”? So many things are extremely wrong with those two words in this context. Bisexuality is not synonymous with homosexuality and bisexuality is not a phase, contrary to popular belief. Also, bisexual women can sleep with men and have children, no? Speaking of homosexuality, she called her tomboy phase ‘so d*ke-y’. How very thoughtful… and transphobic of her.

In regards to her misogynistic comments, she described her Hunger Games character, Katniss, as ‘this Joan of Arc who doesn’t see herself that way. She kind of grows into it. And she’s strong, like a male hero with a vagina.’ Basically, implying that a female can’t be strong or a hero…enough said. And never forget: ‘I’m excited to be seen as sexy – but not slutty’. Also, did you know that she refers to her style as ‘slutty power lesbian’? Just because you had a pixie cut that one time doesn’t make automatically make you Lea DeLaria, Jennifer. Sexuality is not a style.

She also believes it’s ‘weird’ if an animal doesn’t conform to the gender binary. She thinks all cats are female and dogs are male based on the ‘energy’ they exude. She named her female cat ‘Chaz Bono’, after Cher’s transgender son, because she found it ‘weird’ for her female cat to have such masculine energy. Transgender men aren’t ‘females who think they are male’…they are transgender male. They identify as male. That’s all it is.

To put it simply, how much longer are we going to endure Lawrence’s offensive and ignorant comments? When will her reign as Hollywood’s it-girl end? Sure, her comments aren’t intentionally malicious, but she needs to choose her words wisely. Her appeal simply escapes me and she most certainly needs to stop with the dorky, ‘self-deprecating’ anecdotes. She is not ‘goals’ and never will be at this rate.

 

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Lara Elcheik
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Lara is a 20-year-old Londoner studying journalism at the University of Kent.

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