Warn The Fashion Police, Because Jennifer Lawrence Wants Fat-Shaming To Be Illegal

Jennifer Lawrence attending Hunger Games premiere November 2013Someone 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.

(Photo: Apega / WENN.com)

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    • Winston

      I very seriously doubt that she literally means hauling people off to jail. LOL! She is a 23 year old actress, not someone running for political office. Normal people talk like this, imprecise, offhand, hyperbolic, metaphoric. The secret with Jennifer is that she acts like she is not in front of a camera despite being incredibly famous.

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    • M.

      I completely agree with Jennifer Lawrence…and, I don’t think Lawrence is actually calling for legislation (that’s just hyperbole) but, I get her point and appreciate the sentiment. As far as your comment regarding the photoshop…it’s not Lawrence’s photoshop debacle, it’s FLARE magazine’s photoshop debacle.

      Perhaps it is why Jennifer Lawrence has become a body positive advocate. The FLARE cover shoot was two years ago before Lawrence became a huge star..she likely had absolutely no say in how the shoot would turn out and to suggest that Lawrence might be complicit in the photoshopping is ridiculous. Again, I don’t know how neccessary it is that Lawrence address that particular shoot, I think it’s more important what she’s saying now about body shaming and being an advocate for loving your body as it is.

    • Edward Chamberlin

      Love J-Law!

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        She’s the best.

      • Edward Chamberlin

        Your last name is epic.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Oh hey thanks!