The way rumors spread across the Internet, Jennifer Lawrence feuds with everyone. Kristen Stewart! Jessica Chastain! Shailene Woodley! Half the actresses who auditioned for Katniss!
Of course, these have all been proven false over and over again. Turns out J-Law is one of the most likeable people in Hollywood! Who knew? (We did!)
So when we heard some nonsense about Jennifer Lawrence “feuding” with Joan Rivers after Jen rightly called out Fashion Police and shows like it for perpetuating female image issues like fat shaming, we couldn’t help but roll our eyes.
In case you missed it– During Catching Fire promotion, Jennifer made a great statement about the social constructs surrounding body image and why the media has taken it too far after being asked about how she deals with criticism of her looks.
“The world has a certain idea — we see this airbrushed perfect model image. You just have to look past it. You look how you look. And be comfortable. What are you gonna do, be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.”
“And there’s shows like the ‘Fashion Police’ and things like that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on things … that they put values in all the things that are wrong and that it’s OK to point at people and call them ugly and call them fat and they call it ‘fun’ and ‘welcome to the real world’. And it’s like, that shouldn’t be the real world. That’s going to keep being the real world if you keep it that way. It’s not until we stop treating each other like that and just stop calling each other fat … with these unrealistic expectations for women. It’s disappointing that the media keeps it alive and fuels that fire.”
That bit about Fashion Police caught the attention of show host Joan Rivers, who went on the attack. The “feud”, it turns out, is the 80 year-old comedian (we use that term lightly) freaking the fuck out because someone made a valid criticism of her show. The irony being that the whole point of her show is to criticize others, sometimes quite ruthlessly.
If you’ve ever heard of Joan Rivers, you know she’ll say just about anything to get attention. Cheap shock value is her middle name. Also, she’s not exactly a champion of natural beauty– Holy plastic surgery, Batman! With that in mind, here’s what she had to say about Jen:
She didn’t have a problem with the show before and only called out Fashion Police to get attention during promotion for Catching Fire – Yup, because one of the most popular actresses in the world needs to point out the flaws of a C list American TV show to promote the most highly anticipated movie of the year. Makes TOTAL sense! Also, Jennifer being polite when she’s complimented on her looks doesn’t mean she cares for Fashion Police. Zero correlation!
She “tripped over her own arrogance” at the Oscars – No, she tripped over her gorgeous dress and it was adorable. We loved that dress, never saw Joan’s opinion on it, and couldn’t care less.
She is a hypocrite because “she’s been retouched more than a choir boy at The Vatican” – Because Jennifer Lawrence has total control over how much her image is photoshopped by movie studios and magazines? She doesn’t have a say in what they do with her photos after they’re taken! Even so, she’s made it clear on several occasions that she hates it.
She needs to “grow up and realize how lucky she is” – Please, woman! Jennifer Lawrence is more mature than you! Are you suggesting she’s immature and ungrateful because she doesn’t see value in media that criticizes body image and creates impossible standards of young women? Really?!
And here’s the problem with this “feud”: It isn’t one. Feuds suggest both sides are going back and forth over an extended period of time. THIS is a craggy old lady repeatedly bitching because she didn’t like someone pointing out that she works in the business of reinforcing dangerous social stigmas. Jen didn’t say anything that wasn’t true, most of this speech is very similar to what she’s said about body image in the past, and she is not responding to Joan’s comments. Assuredly, Joan will keep talking smack about Jen now that she realizes how much attention she’s gotten from it and Jen won’t flame the fire by commenting on Joan being Joan.
We imagine that Jen, much like the rest of the world, knows that Joan Rivers isn’t to be taken seriously. So can we stop talking about it now?! PLZKTHX.
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