Someone should get a horse and ride trumpeting through the streets to warn Joan Rivers and the rest of the Fashion Police, because Jennifer Lawrence thinks that fat-shaming should be illegal. (Hmmm…wonder what she’d have to say about her recent Photoshop debacle.)
She recently sat down with Barbara Walters and says she’s so bothered by how pervasive fat jokes and put downs are in our culture that she thinks they should be banned from television, just so kids don’t have somewhere to see it and learn it in the first place:
“Why is humiliating people funny. I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. I get it, and I do it, too, we all do it, [but] the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool.”
It’s a good point, and I totally get it, myself. Obviously I work as a blogger, and I have to make a concerted effort with myself to stay as positive as possible. I snark and parody and poke fun, but for the most part I try to keep things open-minded and fun instead of downright mean. But it’s easy to slip into that, and so if Jenn wants me to be more aware of it, I’ll be more aware of it.
“I mean, if we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”
I mean yeah, that’s a really good point. Childhood is a very formative time for the brain, so if you’re absorbing from the media that it’s okay to cut other people down based on their appearance, that’s just as influential as teaching them to swear. Don’t you think?
It’s such a tough thing to really regulate, though. Maybe J-Law should come in and supervise my articles for the day? Just make sure nothing I’m saying is inappropriate? I think that would probably be best.
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