After her Golden Globes interaction with a reporter that many deemed to be clueless, rude, and mean-spirited, the nation’s love affair with critical darling Jennifer Lawrence may be close to over. Whether the public backlash against the actress after that moment in the press room is warranted or not is everyone’s personal opinion, but apparently fellow actress Anne Hathaway (who has seen more than her fair share of Internet scorn) is solidly on J-Law’s side here, and even took to Facebook to publicly defend her peer in the face of such online criticism. As THR reported, Hathaway’s post included:
“Dear the Internet, It’s become pretty clear that the Jennifer Lawrence ‘scolding’ was taken out of context and that she was dryly joking with a journalist who was indeed using his phone to take photos of her.
“Let’s not continue the sad but common practice of building people – especially women- up just to viciously tear them down when we perceive them to have misstepped. Jennifer is a beautiful, talented, wildly successful, popular, FOUR TIME OSCAR NOMINATED young woman.”
Granted, the majority of the negativity is coming from random people on Twitter – an always reasonable subset of the internet – and not the mainstream press so such strong words of defense might not be needed. It’s not as if Lawrence herself has made a public apology regarding the situation, if one were even warranted in this case, so she’s most likely not too broken up about the whole thing. This could even have the negative side effect of prolonging the media circus around things rather than just letting it peter out.
But it is a nice gesture, especially when the narrative in Hollywood is usually that top actresses are constantly trying to undercut each other both publicly and behind the scenes. Any additional solidarity between high profile leading ladies can’t be a bad thing. With any luck, the internet will remember Hathaway’s words the next time they jump to conclusions about someone in the public eye and decide they need to be taken down a notch. Or more likely, this positive message will evaporate and the internet will continue being the same judgmental place it always has been.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)