Jennifer Lawrence has become the darling of Hollywood, but she has also proven she has the ability to voice her opinion when she feels it is warranted. Despite what some people think, she is pretty good at knowing when to speak up. Lawrence won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and during her interview backstage, she called out a reporter for being on his phone when he was speaking to her.
The Guardian reports that Lawrence spoke up when the reporter was looking at his phone as he questioned her.
“You can’t live your whole life behind your phone, bro. You gotta live in the now.”
Variety tweeted a video of the incident.
— Variety (@Variety) January 11, 2016
Originally, people were calling Jennifer Lawrence down for her words, saying that the reporter was using his phone to translate what she was saying.
@Variety The guy typed out in English what he wanted to ask on his phone and was trying to read it so she's the ass, not him
— Jackie Stardust (@JackieBojarski) January 11, 2016
It turns out, this wasn’t the case.
CBC News reports that the reporter was actually filming Jennifer Lawrence while he was talking to her, which could certainly be considered rude. The reporter in question, Juan Pablo Fernandez-Feo, later posted on Instagram.
The caption says, “Después de haber sido regañado por #JenniferLawrence en los #GoldenGlobes ✌???(ver mi retweet de @Variety,)” which has a rough translation.
“After being scolded by #JenniferLawrence in #GoldenGlobes ✌????️ (see my retweet Variety )”
Even CBC reporter Zulekha Nathoo, who was present at the Golden Globes press conference, said that Fernandez-Feo was trying to film and speak to Jennifer Lawrence at the same time. Nathoo had a good perspective on the incident.
“… it was quite apparent from my vantage point (I was a few rows behind him) that Fernandez-Feo was multi-tasking, trying to film and speak to her at the same time. That might explain why you can hear laughter in the room after her comments, including from the reporter himself.
“In that fast-paced environment, I totally understand a reporter’s needs to try to do several things at once while on a deadline but let’s not throw respect out the window — wait till you’ve finished asking a question before focusing on your phone or at the very least, try to let the person on stage know you’re working alone and have to speak and roll at the same time.”
Anne Hathaway was also ready to defend Jennifer Lawrence’s actions at the Golden Globes press conference. She went to Facebook with an open post about what happened and how people are reacting.
“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. Please let us not punish her for these things.”
— Marie Claire (@marieclaireuk) January 18, 2016
There was plenty of support for Jennifer Lawrence on Hathaway’s Facebook page, which is good to see. Even Michael Hogan of the Guardian spoke in support of Jennifer Lawrence and about the poor manners that are developing with the use of mobile devices.
“Too right. We’ve become so transfixed by our mobiles that we frequently forget basic manners and people skills.”
The incident in which Jennifer Lawrence stood up to poor cell phone manners aside, the issue of manners and respect when it comes to the use of cell phones is something that will likely be discussed for many years. As for Lawrence, she has been nominated for her fourth Oscar, setting a record for the youngest of any actor or actress to have received four nominations.
— Yahoo Movies (@YahooMovies) January 16, 2016
She tweeted her thanks for the nomination.
Congratulations, Jennifer Lawrence!
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