Cheeseburgers are for skinny chicks
In an upcoming ABC News special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013, “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence discussed her sensitivity to the harsh criticism about her weight on the red carpet.
“The word ‘fat’ I think should be illegal,” the Oscar winner told Walters. “If we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”
Lawrence told the BBC last month about how she has pushed back on directors who have wanted her to lose weight: “When we were doing the first Hunger Games, there was a big discussion. It’s called the HUNGER games and obviously she’s underfed so she would be incredibly thin but I said ‘we have the ability to control this image.’”
She continued: “It’s important to look strong and healthy. I think Kate Moss running at you with a bow and arrow wouldn’t really be scary.”
I know that Hollywood starlets exist in a very different world from the one we live in, but this approaches Paltrowesque levels of vapidity and stupidity. These people do not, admittedly, get paid for their supreme grasp of logic and rhetoric. That said, it shouldn't be too hard to see that Lawrence basically opened her mouth to change feet.
If you are fat, IT IS YOUR OWN DAMN FAULT. There are people who are fat due to glandular or hormonal problems- and indeed there is a feedback effect between being fat and having hormonal or glandular issues. However, once you take genetics, sleep, diet, exercise, and other factors into account, if you are an adult and you are fat, it's your problem and your responsibility to bloody well do something about it.
Lawrence's argument that we should shield children from the emotional pain of being called fat is just absurd. I was a fat child. I was teased mercilessly about it- and physically bullied as well. I didn't whine about it then, and I don't care about it now. At some point after I left high school, I decided to do something about it- and found, to my immense surprise, that hard exercise was something that I actually enjoy. I have no sympathy whatsoever for the argument that one should spare a child's feelings when that child clearly lacks discipline, since that absence will then carry through to adulthood and become far harder to instil.
Also, regarding that crack about Kate Moss- I agree, Kate Moss is not particularly threatening. But a realistic version of The Hunger Games should, in fact, feature someone who actually looks hungry and dangerous.
To wrap this up, this is what Jennifer Lawrence looks like: