It’s no secret that Jennifer Lawrence has always been bothered by the fame which comes along with being a successful actress. She has spoken publicly of it several times, revealing that she takes particular offense to being photographed, but it seems Ms. Lawrence was bothered enough to call out a reporter at this year’s Golden Globes. Fans and critics have become polarized over Lawrence’s remarks to a Mexican pop culture reporter with many responding directly to Jennifer via social media. Were her remarks rude and uncalled for, as many have said, or was this simply a case of phrases being taken out of context, as Anne Hathaway insists?
What Really Happened? Jennifer Lawrence Called Is Out For Being Rude To A Foreign Reporter
The incident occurred just after Jennifer received a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy, as she fielded questions from reporters. A reporter out of Mexico, Juan Pablo Fernandez-Feo, drew Lawrence’s attention by holding up his smartphone, while shouting out his question. The reporter is said to have been frazzled by his tenuous grasp of the English language, which may be why he asked The Hunger Games star about the Oscars instead of the Golden Globes.
“You can’t live your whole life behind your phone, bro,” Ms. Lawrence responded, as she wagged her finger at him.
Undaunted, the reporter continued with his questions regarding the Oscars and, again, Jennifer scolded him.
“We’re at the Golden Globes. If you put your phone down, you’d know that.”
Later, Mr. Fernandez-Feo did reveal to his social media followers that he was using his phone to record the press conference for work purposes. He explained that, as a digital reporter, this was the best way to accurately report the events of the meeting.
While Lawrence has been called out for her rude behavior, subjecting the reporter to so much public humiliation without knowing all of the facts, it has also been suggested that Jennifer made those comments in jest. It could have just been a moment of levity, considering everyone, including Fernandez-Feo himself, laughed at the remarks.
Anne Hathaway Jumps To The Joy Actress’ Defense, As Fans Criticize Her Golden Globe Comments
Actress Anne Hathaway apparently sees more to the reactions to this exchange than just a public kneejerk. In a public Facebook post, she accuses society of raising actresses up to celebrity status just so these same women can be criticized and torn down.
“Dear the Internet,” Anne wrote in her Facebook posting. “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.”
Further portions of Hathaway’s statement seem to suggest that Lawrence, as a person of noteriety, should not be held to the same codes of conduct as the rest of us. For Jennifer to remark so rudely about the reporter’s actions without first asking about the smartphone is just as unacceptable as Fernandez-Feo’s phone use, whether the actress was joking or not. Hathaway also presumes to know what the reporter was doing with his phone, even though she wasn’t present. Unless she was standing behind him, looking over his shoulder, how could Anne possibly know what was going on with the offending smartphone?
“Jennifer is a beautiful, talented, wildly successful, popular, FOUR TIME OSCAR NOMINATED young woman. Please let us not punish her for these things,” writes Ms. Hathaway.
That may be so, but, for an actress, public image is everything and the press is a necessary evil. Otherwise, Ms. Lawrence can head back to Kentucky and try out for the community theater. Respect is a two-way street.
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