Emphasizing the influence media has on young generation, the 'American Hustle' star says, 'I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV.'
Jennifer Lawrence is against bullying and she uses her popularity to take a stand. In an interview with Barbara Walters for the ABC News special "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013", the "Silver Linings Playbook" star sounds off about how she's disgusted at critics on people's body types on TV.
To the veteran journalist, the Oscar-winning actress points out that media should be responsible for the effect it has on young people. "Why is humiliating people funny?" she rhetorically asks. "I think when it comes to media, the media needs to take responsibility for the effect 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."
Particularly criticizing TV shows, she continues, "So all of the sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that's wearing an ugly dress. 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 somebody fat?"
The Katniss Everdeen of "The Hunger Games" film and its sequels previously spoke against E! show "Fashion Police" for judging people "based on things [that don't matter]." She told Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer in November, "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."
In her response, "Fashion Police" host Joan Rivers said, "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. WAIT! It just dawned on me why Jennifer Lawrence fell on her way up to the stage to get her Oscar. She tripped over her own arrogance."