As a collective planet, we’ve been having a pretty torrid love affair with Jennifer Lawrence for a while now. She’s funny, she’s pretty, she’s really smart and talented, she’s not afraid to look like an idiot… in other words, she’s just a “real girl” and “just like us”, and that’s why everyone (or at least most people) love her. However, like most love affairs, it seems this relationship may be starting to sour just slightly, as she’s received a shit ton of criticism for something that went down in the 2016 Golden Globes press room on Sunday night.
Here’s the deal: JLaw won a Globe for Joy, which is a pretty solid movie based on a true story about the inventor of an awesome mop. That’s the simple version, but it was pretty good — nothing mind-blowing, but it’s Jennifer Lawrence, so obviously she was going to get the award. All was fine and well until she got to the press room after the ceremony, where winners answer lots of question from the reporters gathered there. Lawrence was asked a question by a reporter who was reading from his phone, and she called him out for not giving her eye contact and seeming to be distracted. Very JLaw, right? Except there’s one issue: English wasn’t this reporter’s native language, so he was likely reading from his phone so that he could ask a coherent question.
— Variety (@Variety) January 11, 2016
Of course, the Internet had an absolute meltdown and started calling her incredibly rude and arrogant, but like, whatever. I’m all for calling out entitlement and rudeness, but how the hell was Jennifer Lawrence supposed to know that a reporter in a room full of 50+ of them was staring at his phone because he wasn’t confident in the English language? Consider how many times in life YOU’VE watched someone stare at their phones rather than giving you their undivided attention, and then magnify that by how many times it’s probably happened to a celebrity. If I was in her position, I’d have thought the reporter was being rude, too.
Surely, her faux pas was revealed to her and it’s likely that she apologized behind-the-scenes (because no, it doesn’t have to be made public to count), but I think everyone needs to chill the hell out a bit. Was it a little bratty? Eh, maybe, but it’s hardly the worst thing a celebrity has done.