Your BFF Jennifer Lawrence has finally found an enemy. She seemed untouchable — and so friendly! Vice couldn't even get hate groups to say anything bad about her. But now the Oscar-winning actress has gone and said that calling people fat on TV should be illegal. Some conservatives are not happy about that.
"Why is humiliating people funny?" Lawrence asked. "I get it. I do it too. We all do it. ... But... the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on the younger generation." Then she added, in a tone that indicated she wasn't being 100 percent literal, Lawrence said, "And the word fat — I just think it should be illegal to call someone fat on TV."
Sen. Ted Cruz's aide Amanda Carpenter scolded Lawrence as if she were a misbehaving puppy.
Bad JLaw. Bad JLaw. http://t.co/gMFj4ygBuk— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) December 18, 2013
By speaking out against fat-shaming, Lawrence has accidentally aligned herself with bad people who want to ban things. As Matt Vespa at CNS News explains:
Feminists want to ban pornography. Prohibitionists (yes, they still exist) want to ban alcohol, and actress Jennifer Lawrence wants to ban people from calling each other fat on television.
Book banning — now that's another story. But as Americans, we have the right to call people fat all we want.
Conservative blogger Dee Dee Benkie got to the heart of the matter on Fox News' "The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson" today. She explained,
This is personal responsibility. I mean, it's up to the individual lifestyle. If you're going to be fat, then you're going to be called fat. If you don't want to be called fat, don't be fat.
Two other panelists argued that calling girls fat can cause real emotional harm (which is JLaw's point). Benkie says that's hooey: "Look you either get over it, or you put down the Big Mac."
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.