It’s no secret that Jennifer Lawrence has strong feelings towards weight issues and how people are perceived in Hollywood, having slammed shows like E!’s Fashion Police. Now, sitting down for Barbara Walter’s Most Fascinating People 2013, she’s speaks about the issue again, saying that “fat shaming” should be illegal on television.
Barbara asked, “You’ve criticized people who judge people on the red carpet. You’re very sensitive to that. Why?” Jennifer replied, “Because why is humiliating people funny? And I get it, and I do it too. We all do it. But I think when it comes to the media, the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls that are watching these television shows and picking up how to talk and how to be cool. So then all of a sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that’s wearing an ugly dress.”
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She continued, “And the word fat. I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. If we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”
After sitting down with the year’s most successful star, Barbara had nothing but positive words to say about Jennifer, even calling her completely “normal” in the world of celebrities. “There is a quality about her, a freshness and frankness, and she happens to be just a terrifically talented woman,” she said. “This is a huge star who’s normal! And even though she hates to be called that all the time, she is.”
You can catch all of Barbara Walter’s Most Fascinating People when it airs tonight at 8 PM on ABC.
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