Denouncing society’s blazing “must” for women to stay under size 12, Jennifer Lawrence keeps pounds on, flinging mud at Joan Rivers in a recent interview with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer while she promoted Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire. She declared that the E! show Fashion Police – hosted by comedian Joan Rivers – is unfairly poking at Hollywood stars, calling them ugly or even fat, thus, setting poor examples for youth. The 23-year-old, Oscar-winning actress did not hesitate in calling this looks-oriented approach “dumb” since it is based solely external appearance, and figure. The figure part really stoked her.
Jennifer Lawrence, fortunate and lovely, often featured with Josh Hutcheson from the The Hunger Games, said she will not accept any contract that forces her to lose weight for a film.
Considered a Hollywood iconic figure that forthright women leaders admire, Jennifer Lawrence claimed that being “fit and strong” are the most important physical attributes for a woman. Her words speak comfort to women everywhere.
The 80-year-old Fashion Police pioneer Joan Rivers, gracing years of fame and success, is leading the E! show which tends to depreciate Hollywood stars’ figures and appearances, will not allow anyone to get a word in that is negative about her or her work. Her cutting sarcasm can smash anyone when she decides to fling verbal onslaughts, which in this case she has already burned Jennifer Lawrence, by tweeting that Jennifer “tripped over her own arrogance” when she stumbled on the stairs to accept the Oscar for best actress in Silver Linings Playbook. Rivers went further by tweeting that Jennifer Lawrence’s statements were hypocritical, tweeting that she used to love the show when it complimented her every week during Awards season. But now that she is publicizing her upcoming movie, Rivers scathingly pointed out that Jennifer Lawrence had nothing good to say about the show.
But Jennifer Lawrence continues to focus on the need for women – especially youth – to keep healthy pounds on, and has not been afraid to fling mud at Joan Rivers, whose E! show Fashion Police has the opposite message tilting the flag and pushing forward the concept that Hollywood stars, and essentially all women, must have elegantly flawless appearances and figures.
Jennifer Lawrence, instead, is climbing on a different pedestal to wave for young women to rid themselves of the mindset that it’s necessary to maintain a certain image to be beautiful: “We have the ability to control this image that young girls are going to be seeing. They see enough of this body that they will never be able to obtain and it’s an amazing opportunity to rid ourselves of that in this industry.”
As Jennifer Lawrence recaptures her stardom as renegade Katniss Everdeen in the third sequel to Hunger Games: Catching Fire, she demonstrated her well-earned sweetheart reputation when she walked off the red carpet to cheer up a weeping fan in a wheelchair while promoting the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire. The leading lady showed off her new sassy cropped hair at the film’s premiere in Berlin, Germany on Nov. 12.
Many women athletes have waved this banner to push away stereotypes limiting the idea of what beauty in women should look like, but historically, Jennifer Lawrence has made a rare assertion among her Hollywood peers. More women today than ever before are rejecting the idea that “sporty” belongs in one category, and beauty in another. The fact that Jennifer Lawrence, has said she wants to be strong, debunks the idea that “lifting weights makes you bulky” which is after all, untrue.
And Jennifer Lawrence has proven that she wants to be strong in toting a different set of values by speaking out against a formidable persona like Joan Rivers. Her messages comes at a prime time in the country with fitness and activity levels ranking at an all-time low.
Although it’s uncertain how much more Jennifer Lawrence will spar with Joan Rivers, we know keeping pounds off is not JLaw’s priority in life, and seeing her fling mud at those who place unfair criticism at people’s looks is sure to keep on coming. We’ll have to decide which side we’re on, and have plenty of fun while we’re at it.
by Danelle Cheney