My obsession with Jennifer Lawrence has been fading for quite a while, but up until this moment, it’s been a pretty lonely opinion to have. No matter how many times she flips off the paparazzi or hangs out with Justin Bieber, everyone is newly delighted every time she trips on an award show red carpet, and get mad at me when I don’t do the same. But now she’s gone and made a rape joke, so hopefully people will be slightly slower to jump down my throat when I’m not falling all over myself to compliment every word that comes out of her mouth.
Jennifer is in Cannes right now to promote Mockingjay Part 1, although it doesn’t come out until November, and at a recent party hosted by Armani and Vanity Fair, she ran into Alfonso Cuarón, who most recently directed Gravity. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but it’s this space movie that cleaned up quite a few nominations and awards at the Oscars a couple months ago, so Alfonso is quite the hot ticket right now. Which explains why Jennifer was so excited to see him, so excited in fact that according to Vulture, she wouldn’t stop screaming:
“I first spotted Lawrence, deep in protection of her posse, because she started screaming: “Ahhhhh! Ahhhhh!” Those were cries of joy; she’d just spotted Alfonso Cuarón in the crowd. “I broke out my rape scream for you!” she cried and grabbed his shoulders and screamed “Ahhhhh!!!” shaking her head like a crazed fan, or a woman in distress, into his face. Cuarón seemed quite pleased with his greeting. “
Ohhhh boy. I can of course acknowledge that J-Law probably didn’t intend for anyone to hear that, as she didn’t say it in an interview or something, but she did say it, and that’s really not great. By her blasé use of the terminology, it seems likely that she’s been lucky enough never to be in a situation necessitating that type of scream, or else I hope she wouldn’t throw it around so casually.
I’m not suggesting that Jennifer intended to be flippant about rape or assault, just that she was. She doesn’t think through the things she says or does, which is refreshing at first, but can only remain charming for so long. Sooner or later, her lack of a filter was bound to give some offense, and it looks like that day is today.