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American Hustle Director Compares J.Law’s Life To 12 Years A Slave, Might Want To Google Slavery

Jennifer Lawrence That's Funny

While browsing the interweb this morning, I came across a ludicrous story that claimed American Hustle director, David O. Russell, compared Jennifer Lawrence’s life to 12 Years A Slave. Naturally I shook my head at the story. Silly old Internet, there’s no way that an educated human being would compare the life of a popular celebrity to the life of someone who’s illegally enslaved for 12 years. But I gave the Internet the benefit of the doubt and clicked on the story and holy stupidness wrapped in idiocy, David O. Russell did say that.

New York Daily News says that he made the statement at Australian Academy’s AACTA Awards in reference to the demands that the Hunger Games franchise puts on Jennifer Lawrence and that fact she’s pushing herself too hard.

“I’ll tell you what it is about that girl — talk about 12 years of slavery, that’s what the franchise is. And I’m going to get in so much trouble for saying that.”

Yes David O-I’m-Sick-Of-Typing-This-Middle-Initial Russell, you are going to get in so much trouble for saying that. Because what!? Even if he didn’t see the movie — which I have to assume, because anyone who saw that movie would not reference it in such a glib manner — he should know what the word slave means. I know it’s been awhile since I studied American history, but I think I would remember the chapter about all those slaves forced to act in huge, blockbuster movie franchises in exchange for just a couple, hundred million dollars.

And look, I know what he’s trying to say. The Hunger Games franchise dictates Jennifer Lawrence’s life now and it will dictate it until the press tour for the last Mockingjay: Part 2 DVD is over. But in exchange for filming half the year and doing endless, tedious interviews for the other half of the year comes millions upon millions of dollars. And based on the fact that American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook came out in between filming and promoting all the Hunger Games movies, I think it’s safe to say that they’re giving her some time off — and that she’s choosing to use her time off to act in other films. Specifically films directed by David O-Stop-It Russell.

So no, we’re not going to use the word “slave” to describe how the Hunger Games franchise treats Jennifer Lawrence. Instead we’re going to use the word “employee.” And when we have extra time, we’ll tack on “highly-compensated” to that “employee.”  Because tell you what David O-This-Is-The-Last-Time-You-Get-This-Vowel Russell, millions of people show up to their jobs every day, are worked incredibly hard and are not thinking that their lives are comparable to slavery, because you know, money.

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  • Kit

    Jenni, I agree with everything you’ve stated here. It is reprehensible for DOR to compare her work schedule to slavery, even in jest. It’s too bad that this will reflect negatively on Jennifer also, unfairly as it may be.

    • Kelly

      It could easily be a throwaway comment but people have to be so offended by it.

    • Jenni

      Do you not find it offensive?

    • nib

      It’s not a throwaway comment, it’s something he really believes. At an event in Palm Springs which Jen couldn’t attend as she was filming and when DOR was asked why she wasn’t there, he answered it because she was in the ‘Sweatshop known as the Hunger Games, so yeah, he really believes that JLaw is Lionsgate’s actual slave .

    • Kelly

      It’s still could be a throwaway comment but people insist on making everything a big deal. It was a poorly told joke that can easily be forgotten.

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

      I agree. What is the matter with this place. It has changed so much since I used to come here. Bye.

    • Jenni

      Don’t let the door hit you on your way out!

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

      Bump! Owwww! Another cliche!

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

      I think it’s a funny comment but then I still have a sense of humor. Scummit Summit has a way of making acting seem like “slavery” and in case many of you don’t know, words do migrate in meaning. Like democracy. Or freedom. And slavery of course. Modern employment is a morphed form of slavery for most people. It’s called labor, labor of the masses.

    • mse

      If he merely used the word ‘slave’, I’d be inclined to agree… But nope, he had to make a reference to 12 Years A Slave, making the connection to actual historic slavery, and that’s why this comment is really not okay. Not to mention that she’s speaking in someone else’s name, making it seem as if Lawrence herself was complaining, when it’s only him who’s bitter about her not being there campaigning and doing all the awards rounds with him.

      And here I was thinking that Jen will be moderately safe this awards season by being busy filming… But nope, Russell does all the work for her now by painting both of himself and her as a target.

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

      He is just making an in joke on Scummit Summit who has a way of traipsing their stars around for promotions to build up the box office. What is the matter here. jenni used to have sensible people commenting on crushable. This is impossible here with your censoring morality about what someone should say and what he shouldn’t say. someone involved in the movies he does is not a bourgeois toe the line moralist about the things he says. Scummit Summit is a new player in Hollywood who made it off the backs of some young stars. They are excessive in the what they expect of their stars and so far have gotten away with it because they pick newbies. But they are being laughed at artistically and everyone is waiting for them to make that misstep and fall down the stairs where they really belong. They have infiltrated Lionsgate for MONEY! Russell just gave them a good kick at treating JL like a workhorse with all those interviews and she gets back at them by saying funny outrageous things.

    • Kit

      Sorry, but is Francis Lawrence and Lionsgate subjecting Jen to rape, torture, and being shackled in chains? Trivializing slavery = not funny.

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

      Stop thinking Lionsgate and think Scummit Summit which was bought by Lionsgate and installed themselves within Lionsgate to devour it like a cancer, metasaisizing.Ask Kristen and Rob for word from the horsies’ mouth.

    • Jenni

      As always, I’ll ask you to please stay on topic and refrain from making everything about Twilight.

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

      Sorry. Scummit Summit only was born thru T as it was on edge of bankruptcy at that time. Now it runs promo at Lionsgte so that’s what connects it to JL.Seems they are replaying their pattern eh.

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

      It seems to be the only referent common to these newish commenters of yours.Wherever did you find them. I didn’t bring them to visit.

    • Kelly

      Oh stop being so offended! It’s a throwaway comment, it means nothing!

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

      Hopeless.

  • CJaY

    What an asshole. Also, Jennifer loves the hunger games, and gets very emotional when she thinks about it ending. Maybe she’s lying, and telling DOR otherwise, but he needs to shut his mouth. It’s ok for her to do other things besides his movies,

  • MCR

    Not to nitpick, but it’s not “you know, money” that distinguishes slavery from employment. We’ve had people arrested for slavery (of foreign domestic workers) here, who were paying their servants a wage. Some companies are accused of “child slavery” who are paying the children required to work for them. The distinction became important during the post-Civil War era, when slavery supposedly no longer existed, because field workers received some kind of payment, but were often not free to leave for a variety of reasons. It’s not money, it’s the employer having a level of authority that makes the worker more or less property. It’s hypothetically possible for someone to be a wealthy slave.