Jennifer Lawrence vs Joan Rivers
Jennifer Lawrence gave an interview recently and sh-t on Joan Rivers’s show Fashion Police:
"Shows like the Fashion Police and things like that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on things [that don't matter. They put values in all the things that are wrong and [show] that it’s ok to just point at people and call them ugly and call them fat and they call it fun. Screw those people. You look how you look. What are you going to do, be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That's just dumb."
Joan Rivers is always good for a fight. She responded on Twitter:
"It's funny how Jennifer Lawrence loved @E_FashionPolice during Awards Season when we were complimenting her every single week. But now that she has a movie to promote, suddenly we're picking on all those poor, helpless actors."
I don’t watch Fashion Police. Do they call people fat? If they do, that’s offside, totally. But other “shows like” Fashion Police, that judge who wears what and whether or not it looks good…
Come on. I’m a hardcore Jennifer Lawrence fan every day, but I don’t know if I’m down with her sanctimony this time. Yes, you look how you look and you should not starve. But at the same time, Hollywood wouldn’t exist without shows like Fashion Police and all the fashion policing we do online. Joan’s not wrong when she points out that during award season, Lawrence came to play. Put aside your love for her for a minute – I know it’s hard, but try – and consider that she has a DIOR CONTRACT. She gets paid to wear nice clothes and PIMP THE BRAND.
You remember what Zoe Saldana told The Hollywood Reporter in their Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood Issue?
There’s no bigger or more ruthless meritocracy than a red carpet. Looks are instantly tweeted, Instagrammed, Pinterested, Facebooked and blogged as fashion cops and critics millions strong render their verdict on a star’s -- and by extension, her stylist’s -- choices. Having insinuated themselves into the national conversation, stylists also have become increasingly valued for their impact on a movie’s bottom line. Says Zoe Saldana, whose stylist, Petra Flannery, is No. 2 on THR’s list, “We’ve managed to convince a lot of directors who now have respect for what we put together and for Petra’s essential place in a huge press tour like Star Trek or Avatar.” When Saldana takes a memorable turn on the carpet, “Those directors are like, ‘Oh my God, Petra really knocked it out of the ball park,’ and you’re like, ‘Yeah, she did.’ She killed it, which is very important for me and for her and for selling a movie.”
They wear the clothes so that you and I will talk about the clothes. And when we talk about the clothes, we are helping them sell the movie. In agreeing to wear the clothes, in not wearing the same clothes all the time, you are participating in the business of selling the movie. Jennifer Lawrence is playing the game, and then sh-tting on the game.
That’s not to say that I’m not totally behind Jennifer Lawrence’s body positivity. I am. I want her to talk more about how she refuses to conform to body demands and standards. I want her to continue to remind her fans that they don’t have to be as skinny as Kate Bosworth. I want her to start talking about how we need to see more body types like Lena Dunham’s. I want her to suggest to shows like Fashion Police that they should judge the clothing but leave out the fat shaming. But to argue that the clothes don’t matter? Jessica Alba doesn’t exist without the clothes. Half the industry doesn’t exist without the clothes. Otherwise, why would she be wearing Dior every day on the press tour instead of Old Navy?
Speaking of Dior, she wore navy Dior yesterday in Madrid. I hate this dress but you know I hate it when a skirt is half sheer. It looks messy. From some angles it looks like it needs ironing. Sorry, Jennifer Lawrence. But I STILL ADORE YOU.
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