Intro for February 27, 2013
Jennifer Lawrence forgot to thank David O Russell and Harvey Weinstein during her Oscar acceptance speech. She has since issued a statement via Entertainment Weekly with an apology about her “brain fart”. Read it. First class, right? God they are doing an amazing job with this girl over at CAA and ID-PR. That’s a press release that doesn’t actually read like a press release. That’s a press release that actually reads like she babbled a few unscripted words over the phone at an assistant who wrote it all down and immediately clicked send, without having to be vetted by 18 people first. But of course it was vetted. What’s remarkable is that it doesn’t read that way. Even when there’s calculation behind Lawrence’s moves, they still feel unrehearsed and totally authentic. So we move on. And she escapes without consequence.
As opposed to poor Anne Hathaway. Anne Hathaway won...but she just can’t win. If it had been Anne Hathaway who’d forgotten to thank her director and producer, would we have absolved her so easily? In comparison, forgetting to thank your director and producer is probably a lot worse than deciding to wear a different dress, right? Still, Anne Hathaway was compelled to issue a public apology...for deciding to wear a different dress...! And now that apology itself is being criticised.
And we can rationalise it all day -- why one doesn’t grate and the other does, and how our own biases have nothing to do with it -- but ultimately, they’re actors in Hollywood, they both want the same thing, and they both, really, went about the same way. It’s not like Jennifer Lawrence didn’t campaign.
There are a thousand theories on what the difference is between the two. Maybe that’s not the question to ask though. Maybe the question is why the difference in our responses to the same manipulation. More on this later. After we get to the new breakup. Is it me?
Yours in gossip,