I Love Jennifer Lawrence, But I’m Going to Call BS On This Whole ‘I Fell Because Cake’ Story

Jennifer Lawrence Oscars Fall

I’ll come right out and say that I love Jennifer Lawrence. I’m in full support of backlashing her backlash. But even I have to give a side eye to her latest story. In this month’s W Magazine, she talked about her infamous fall on the way to collect her Oscar for Best Actress. Before today, I’d always assumed that she fell because she got overexcited on the way to the stage. Which, I’ll go on the record and say is totally understandable because holy Oscar. I get excited when my buzzer goes off at The Cheesecake Factory. I can’t imagine how my body would respond to winning something bigger than that.

But apparently she fell because she was thinking about food. And I know, food’s her schtick. It’s also my schtick. Hence why I believe it’s actually not a schtick, but a truth. I can talk about food all the live long day.  I mean, I managed to work a Cheesecake Factory reference into an article before noon PST. If that’s not the definition of foodie, then I don’t want to know what is.

According to her quote in W, it wasn’t just food in general that caused the fall, but specifically cake.

““I was at the Oscars, waiting to hear
 if my name was called, and I kept thinking, Cakewalk, cakewalk, cakewalk. I thought, Why is ‘cakewalk’ stuck in my head? And then, as I started to walk up the stairs and the fabric from my dress tucked under my feet, I realized my stylist had told me, ‘Kick, walk, kick, walk.’ You are supposed to kick the dress out while you walk, and I totally forgot because I was thinking about cake! And that’s why I fell.”

I don’t know. I just don’t buy the fact that her mind would be overtaken by cake when she’s winning an Oscar. I know she’s nonchalant about the whole fame thing, but that’s a big fucking deal. To be completely accurate, it’s the biggest fucking deal. There’s no award in Hollywood that’s more prestigious for an actress to win. Not even a Teen Choice Award. This is it. To misquote 2006′s The Da Vinci Code“that is the holy grail, right there.” So I’m going to go ahead and call BS on this anecdote. Her PR team can surely do better than this when they’re up late at night trying to brainstorm quotes that will impress J.Law fans. We fell in love with her because she’s so refreshingly real – and there’s nothing less real than pretending that the Oscars don’t matter.

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    • Samantha_Escobar

      It’s not a popular opinion, but I’ve said the fall is fake since it happened.

      Blahblahblah I’m an awful person for not being head over heels for J Law blahblahblah celebrity defenders blah.

      • elle

        No, I’ve also always thought the fall was fake! IDK I’m just not as big a fan of JLaw as some people and honestly I just think she tries WAY too hard sometimes. Now we can both be flamed.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        She’s refreshing. Until she gets boring with it. She’s a natural comedian so I hope she continues with it.

    • Kelly

      I agree that Jennifer’s shtick about food is overdone but I think you are overreacting to this quote.

      • Jenni

        Do you think she was really thinking about cake when she was walking up to the stage to collect her Oscar?

      • Sile

        Christ almighty, Jenni….it’s just a joke. Jennifer Lawrence jokes around a lot, that’s all. I think you’re really overeacting on this. This little story doesn’t deserve ink or ire. Btw, I thought the story was cute…lighten up.
        Also, I have to ask where is the backlash coming from????. There’s no backlash…pissy articles here and there but that doesn’t constitute real backlash. I ask because I just read a great article in PR newswire that talks about both Jennifer Lawrence and Beyonce and when backlash might begin….their conclusion?….there won’t be any. So, try not to take everything so seriously.

      • Jenni

        As someone who works for the Internet, I assure you that the backlash started last month. Articles here and there have popped up — and more than that, anti-JLAW commenters are coming out of the woodwork. Read an article about J.Law from the past few weeks and take note of how many commenters say they love her and how many say they’re over her. Then go find an article from this time last year and see how the numbers work out.

      • Sile

        Jenni that’s what I mean..a few pissy articles here and there (and yeah, they were there before) and as far as I can tell, it’s still about even with the commenters. It still doesn’t constitute backlash. I just finished reading an article about Jennifer Lawrence on Cosmo.com written by Alex Rees where the only thing she disses is the cover for W..

        Now read the comments from facebook accompanying the article…no one agrees with Rees (and really what she wrote wasn’t that terrible, she just doesn’t like the cover that’s all. Laura Beck from Cosmo adores Lawrence and admits that she’ll find any reason she can to write about her, so there’s that.

        This new W. feature on Lawrence with the cake quote has now been covered by Vulture, EW, Vanity Fair, PopCrush among others and the articles range from cute story to okay, we’ll pay along…but nothing remotely angry. For example, Vulture has something like 47 responses to this one article…so far, about 4 of them are negative…out of 47… that’s backlash?.I think it’s also worth mentioning that Lawrence spoke about how she wanted her Oscar night to be special, felt horrible about falling, etc., (in Elle UK, I believe) so, I don’t think that she takes winning an Oscar lightly.

        I’ve gone on too long about this so, I’ll just say this: I don’t see evidence of a backlash but, obviously you’re certain it’s happening…but you “love Jennifer Lawrence” so why exacerbate the backlash with an article like this?…it’s not neccessary.

      • Jenni

        OMG you actually counted comments. You’re a better fan than me. It’s official.

      • Sile

        Okay Jenni. So I guess this means that you will be hyper critical of everything Jennifer Lawrence says and does from now on so that you can justify writing meaningful little think pieces like this one?. How practical for you. It’s unfair and you know it. Integrity means nothing right?… as long as you can jump on a perceived bandwagon and get those hits for your site.

        How about you write an article about Jennifer Lawrence being the first woman in over forty years to headline a franchise that came in at #1 in the U.S. beating Iron Man 3?. Or, is that too positive and important, meaningful?. Support successful women, don’t condemn them or you’re just a hack. This site already has a reputation for tearing down successful women..shame on you.

      • Jenni

        I don’t think criticizing successful women is the same as tearing them down. Especially when the woman in question probably has more positive articles on Crushable than every other woman we’ve ever written about combined. I think Jennifer Lawrence is great (evidenced by the many, many articles I’ve written that say just that), but I also think it’s unrealistic for us to pretend like she’s not at all affected by the way Hollywood works. Part of her being so incredibly “human” is accepting that she has flaws, just like other humans. And one of those flaws might be playing the Hollywood Game a little too hard these days. If that’s her worst flaw, then I think she’s still doing pretty well.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        She’s been working hard this year. Make hay while the sun is shining. She won’t always be this much in demand all the time.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        Jenni is the best of all among them for fairness and integrity. Although now she is coming up against her own nose on this one. There is a point where the celebrity gossip writer faces her /his own integrity issues to get hits or to jump the fence. I think Jenni is too good to stay in this pen.

      • Sile

        Okay Jenni. So I guess this means that you will be hyper critical of everything Jennifer Lawrence says and does from now on so that you can justify writing meaningful little think pieces like this one?. How practical for you. It’s unfair and you know it. Integrity means nothing right?… as long as you can jump on a perceived bandwagon and get those hits for your site.

        How about you write an article about Jennifer Lawrence being the first woman in over forty years to headline a franchise that came in at #1 in the U.S. beating Iron Man 3?. Or, is that too positive and important, meaningful?. Support successful women, don’t condemn them or you’re just a hack. This site already has a reputation for tearing down successful women..shame on you.

      • Tessy

        wow over invested much ? Calm down . Sometimes i believe that girl and her team pay people to comment and praise her on the internet . By the way she is so desperate to be likeable and loved i wouldn’t be surprised about it

      • Sile

        Calm down?…why?. Actually, it’s Jenni that needs to calm down and you too, sweetheart. It seems like Jenni is making a big deal over nothing…it’s Jennifer Lawrence making a freaking joke. As far as PR people sending commenters to sites…it works both ways, too. Rival PR teams send people to sites to write negative comments. I guess that means you’re one of them?.

        The fact is, if it is practical for a gossip site like Crushable to go after an actress like Jennifer Lawrence, they will because it will increase hits on their site. It’s a pattern Crushable has (Stewart, Hathaway, Dunham) and it sucks. I don’t think it will reach the levels of Hathaway or Stewart though…sorry Crushable.

      • Jenni

        It has to be said that every single site (gossip or otherwise) works daily to increase hits. I will never understand why commenters treat this basic fact like it’s an accusation.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        It is an accusation because it perpetuates the Discourse of opposition which keeps our thinking in flat earth mode.Who wears the dress better X or Y and comparing women and guys til the end of time. This is why children learn it and compare their friends and themselves against some supposedly fancy model of how they should be. As Jules Henry says it in his Culture Against Man, “schools teach children to hate each other in socially accepted ways.” You are just perpetuating this here.Everyone else is doing it, but it puts your ass smack in the middle of mainstream boredom.I say this to you because I am hoping you are better than that.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        “a big deal over nothing?” But I thought that’s what celebrity gossip was by definition?

    • Tara

      I rolled my eyes when I read about the cake story last night causing her fall. I like Jen but she tries too hard sometimes. She says she can’t stop eating, never diets, and never works out – meanwhile there are tons of photos of her running, going to the gym…she’s full of BS sometimes but people love her schtick and no one ever calls her out on it.

    • aroll78

      I think she was thinking about that to steady her nerves. Anyway she was beautifully draped on the staircase and who really cares. I think she is extremely grateful and yet tries to downplay it to stay normal. She says all of the red carpet eventscmake her nervous.

    • Elyse Eisenberg

      Everyone’s missing the point of the story. I’m pretty sure this is what she meant: She was SUPPOSED to be thinking “Kick, walk, kick, walk” but in her head it turned into “Cakewalk, cakewalk”. So when she was walking, she was thinking “cakewalk” instead of “kick, walk” and tripped over her dress because she didn’t walk the way she was supposed to.

      • MellyG

        That’s exactly how I read it. Instead of thinking “kick” she thought “cake” and fell, because she didn’t kick – hence tripping on the dress. She wasn’t thinking about cake instead of oscar, sheesh

    • Jessica

      she was too nervous and that’s why she’s forget about ‘kick, walk’ thing and thinking about ‘cake walk’ instead because it’s sounds similiar.

      • Jenni

        Agreed that I think that’s what she was trying to get across! But I still think it comes back to a story about her thinking about food, which she knows does very well for image.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        Just free-association with JL. You don’t kick cakes do you? Then they would be ruined and you couldn’t eat them.

    • Samantha

      Someone shut this broken record up. It’s enough..we get it, you’re very cool, now try something new.

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