Jennifer Lawrence Controversy: Jennifer Lawrence has been criticized for saying there was no female action movie leads before “Hunger Games.” The outrage began Wednesday morning after an interview between Lawrence and Viola Davis on Variety’s “Actors on Actors” hit the internet.
While Lawrence attempted to assert that roles for women and men in Hollywood differ unfairly, she shared an embarrassingly inaccurate fact that sent social media users reeling in anger and shock.
Lawrence said in an interview, “Nobody has ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie” before “Hunger Games.” Teens from Panem’s 12 districts are chosen randomly to battle to the death in the “Hunger Games” movies.
Girls and boys can identify with a male lead, but boys can’t with a female lead, said the 32-year-old. “It makes me so pleased every time a movie comes out that reveals it’s a falsehood to keep specific individuals out of the film.
To maintain some people in the same positions they’ve always been in.”The “Causeway” star’s words instantly went viral, with Twitter users pointing out many female action movie and series leads in the past.
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“How can Jennifer Lawrence argue there wasn’t a female action actor until Hunger Games? Pam Grier, Sigourney Weaver, Uma Thurman, and Mila Jovovich? “Lawrence is so self-obsessed that she forgets other women were action picture leads: Linda Hamilton, HELLO. Sigourney Weaver? Angelina? Halle Berry Kill Bill and Uma Thurman? Death-proof cast? Lawrence’s annoying.”
Another Twitter user captured Variety’s deleted tweet with Lawrence’s contentious claim. Several admirers defended the Oscar winner, however.
“Everyone’s flogging J-Law for this, but it’s pretty clear she’s expressing (with great scorn) what studio bosses told her and her staff, not what she thought,” one fan remarked.
“Yes, Jennifer Lawrence is wrong regarding female-led action movies, but her basic premise is true,” tweeted a supporter. Watch Lawrence and Davis’ “Actors on Actors” segment below.
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