Jennifer Lawrence Thinks Calling People Fat Should Be Illegal

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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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D.j. Lord

I think it should be illegal for someone to come up with stupid ideas...of course its hateful and wrong to do it but the answer is education not more laws..yet more laws

Kattey Kattey

I'll just add this to my list of reasons I love Jennifer Lawrence. Also, I don't want to live in a world where she is "full-figured". I don't want to even think of what that makes me.

adamat34 adamat34

What about the term "skinny bitch"?

Hateful things can be said no matter what size you are. She needs to.find a more worthy cause. Maybe sometimes that will benefit someone.

crunc... crunchymomma87

Oh no, people make fun of me and say mean things because I can't gain weight! I've been called anorexic my whole life, poor pityful me! But do I start a cruisade against that? No, I get stronger skin and realize my body shape doesn't define ME. 

If you're fat, own it. If you're skinny, own it. But don't get offended for people using DESCRIPTIVE words of you, they are not defining you as a person. 

It's the same things over and over. People getting more and more offended over other people using words, but we're all told as children words can't hurt us. GET OVER IT! 

Rando... Randomlady

If it ever were considered illegal which would be ludicrous, it would start a downfall of everything becoming illegal everywhere. The offending words banned from schools, text books etc. it would become a modern day witch hunt to enforce the law since there isn't always proof. Ridiculous. If you're offended, that's fine just turn off the tv, or computer, or radio.

Kattey Kattey

I don't think she means literally means it should be illegal. The difference between "fat" and "skinny bitch" is that I don't see magazines or talk shows referring to thin actresses as "skinny bitches" but an actress that gains 5 lbs and goes from 110 lbs to 115 lbs often has the descriptor of "fat" or some other variation used about her. 115 is nowhere near fat, I would think it quite healthy. 

Ms. Lawrence isn't talking about jerks that insult each others appearance online or behind each others backs, she's talking about the way the media describes people. Fat tends to get tossed around in tabloids about women who aren't anywhere near overweight to begin with.

Am I fat? Technically I'm obese, I'm fully aware of this and am working on my health. That doesn't mean I'm being a big baby by wanting the media to respect all women's bodies and not use unnecessarily hurtful words when describing them.

Her platform is that the media take responsibility for the power they have with setting the standard for beauty and use it accordingly, not by calling a woman fat if she gained a couple pounds.

Will Larimer

I think it ought to be illegal to Get fat.

nonmember avatar anon

^ Ha! Love you, Will Larimer!

Kattey Kattey

Well, Will, I think it should be illegal to be a douche, so I guess we're both disappointed.

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