Jennifer Lawrence has gotten away with saying a lot of truly tasteless, disgusting things in the past, but I think it’s time she takes a back seat and starts to think before she opens her mouth.
At an industry party in Cannes earlier this week, Lawrence further shoved her own foot down her throat when she publicly made a rape joke when she apparently “thought she wasn’t being listened to.”
(Because while at a crowded industry party, during the Cannes Film Festival, you should definitely expect that as a celebrity, you’re going to fly under the radar. Right.)
Across a crowded room of people, Lawrence screamed to grab the attention of director Alfonso Cuarón, known for his work on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and recently, Gravity. After reaching him, what does she say first?
Assuming Lawrence has been fortunate enough to have never been threatened with sexual assault, her ease and flippancy in saying such a crude statement is sickening. Put aside the fact that she was in public, at a formal event hosted by Armani and Vanity Fair, the fact that she had the gall to say it is the most deplorable fact of all.
To trivialize rape in such a careless and public way is not the message Lawrence should be sending. Too often she’s been quoted concerned about her “young fans” that she wants to look up to her, but what about her admirers who have unfortunately experienced sexual assault? Did she think about some of her fans who were too afraid to scream, or whose screams weren’t heard, when she said that?
I’ve really tried to give Lawrence a chance, but her irresponsibility as a public figure has turned me off from her one time too many. With all of the awareness there is in this world promoting anti-rape campaigns and the ramifications of rape culture (Take Back The Night, 1 is 2 Many Campaign), she has no excuse to tote ignorance at 23 years old. In 2014, being casual about sexual assault is not the “cool” thing to do. Joking about rape doesn’t make you “not like other girls.” There’s no special snowflake badge for being outside a societal norm for the sake of a joke. There’s nothing funny or cute or quirky about her behavior, and personally I’m tired of her angelic status in pop culture.
We need to start to hold our celebrities accountable for their actions, especially the ones of our generation. If enough of us are standing up for what’s right, we can keep being the change to rape culture that is already taking place.