Despite the fact that Jennifer Lawrence always comes off like the most laid back celebrity to ever fall up the stairs on the way to winning an Oscar, she does occasionally get upset. Which obviously makes me upset. The number one rule of being someone’s best friend is that you always feel what your friend is feeling. Even – and this is a totally hypothetical even that does not apply to Jen and me — that person has no idea that you’re her best friend.
When speaking to Harper Bazaar UK this month, J.Law talked about being young in Hollywood and being told to lose weight. While we obviously have no idea what she’s referring to specifically, it’s hard not to think about the time that people said she was too fat to play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. You remember that, don’t you? Journalists and real people alike crawled out of the little holes they lived in to criticize a real, live human being for not looking as malnourished as a fictional character in a book written for teenagers. (Oh, and some of those people also stayed above ground long enough to criticize the actress cast as Rue for not being white. Because in their white heads, they imagined all the characters to be white and all movies should be made based on what white people imagine in their heads. The End.) Bear in mind that some of these weight comments were published on Salon, Variety and THE NEW YORK TIMES. And yes, I put that in caps because c’mon, you’re supposed to be better than that.
Although J.Law never spoke out about those ridiculous accusations when the movie came out, she’s speaking out now about the fact that she was asked to lose weight early on in her career.
“I was young. It was just the kind of sh*t that actresses have to go through. Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. It was just that. [Someone brought it up recently] They thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn’t still hurt me. That somehow, after I won an Oscar, I’m above it all. ‘You really still care about that?’ Yeah. I was a little girl. I was hurt. It doesn’t matter what accolades you get. I know it’ll never happen to me again. If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet’, I’m like, ‘You can go f*ck yourself.’”
If reading this doesn’t make you sad for her as well as the state of being a young actress in Hollywood, then I don’t know. You’re probably one of the people who thought that she needing to look more “hungry” in The Hunger Games. If an actress as talented as Jennifer Lawrence is being fat-shamed, it says all too much about how we view a woman’s worth in Hollywood. Ugh. So much ugh. Oh, and also, fuck diets.