When it comes to body issues, Jennifer Lawrence has a unique amount of credibility. The actress has unwittingly over the past few years been a featured player in numerous arguments related to what size Hollywood’s leading ladies should be. Some hold her up as a perfect example of how women can look great without starving themselves, while others are still of the opinion that she’s a little too curvy. All of this has given her insight into how it feels to be talked about and to watch thinner women over and over again in the movies and on television, and to be perfectly frank, she’s sick and tired of it and thinks something should be done.
Speaking to Barbara Walters as part of a package to run with the upcoming 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2013, Lawrence told the seasoned journalist she wishes it were illegal to call women fat on television because the words have an affect on not only the target but also an entire generation of girls watching at home who use the comments to shape their own viewpoints about bodies.
”The media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool. I mean, 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?”
I definitely get where she’s coming from. It’s not particularly healthy for anyone to grow up thinking they should be the size of Hollywood actresses who keep crazy diets and work out a high number of hours every day to stay in shape. Those figures are unattainable for the average person, and oftentimes, they’re not even healthy.
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just outlawing fat comments on television. If we were to start censoring anything that could potentially affect a viewer’s personal self-esteem, we would end up pretty damn far down the rabbit hole. What needs to happen instead, is people need to be a little smarter about voting with their remote controls. If they don’t want to see women critiqued, they should stop watching Fashion Police. Television is diverse enough now where we can all watch pretty much whatever we would like without being pigeon-holed into choosing between content we don’t like and nothing.
Whether you disagree with her take on this issue or not, I think I speak for most people when I say it’s nice to have a fun-loving celebrity with a very relatable viewpoint who is willing to talk about pretty much anything, even if it’s something most actresses would not admit. When compared against the typical, well-coached responses most give, it’s very refreshing. Keep being you, Jennifer.