As if we needed a reason to like Jennifer Lawrence even more. America’s next sweetheart recently sat down to chat with Barbara Walters for the Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 special and said that it should be illegal to call people fat on TV.
I love her. The 23-year-old actress has taken heat in the past for her “fuller” figure (puh-lease, she is gorgeous, and if she’s considered full-figured, then I’m a whale) and has famously refused to lose weight for roles because she doesn’t want to send the wrong message to girls watching her on screen and also she loves French fries.
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Baba and Jen got to talking about media critics and how they judge not only women’s clothes, but also their bodies.
"Why is humiliating people funny?" Lawrence asked Walters. "I get it, I do it too. We all do it. ... But I think when it comes to the media, the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls that are watching these television shows and picking up how to talk and how to be cool. ... So then all of a sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that's wearing an ugly dress."
"And the word fat!" she added. "I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. I mean, if we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren't we regulating things like calling people fat?"
Slow. Clap. Please.
Ok, not that I think that it really should be illegal to call someone fat -- just because something is rude and uncalled for doesn’t mean it should be illegal, but girl makes a good point.
If we’re really worried about the emotional and physical health of the younger generation, why do some people (I’m looking at you, Joan Rivers) glorify picking apart women’s looks?
Do you think it should be illegal to call people fat?
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