Jennifer Lawrence isn’t Wonder Woman
Get over it
For those who watched the Oscars, or took a look at social media’s response to the Oscars, it was clear everyone was stricken with Jennifer Lawrence fever.
How couldn’t they be smitten with the quirky, outspoken J-Law who is bringing spunk and a fresh attitude to the typical personas from Hollywood?
She loves talking about food, giving blunt and sarcastic answers, and has incredible facial expressions when she talks. Clearly, she can win over any heart, which she seems to have actually done.
Many stars and fans laud Lawrence for being such a unique personality, but they seem blind to the fact that she has some undesirable personality traits too. Specifically, Lawrence has a tendency to say things in interviews which are often dismissed as well-meaning, but are actually down right ignorant and offensive.
Take her appearance last year on Ellen, for instance, when she was promoting The Hunger Games. When speaking of Katniss and how she came to be the hero she is, Lawrence said “…she kind of grows into it. And she’s strong, like a male hero with a vagina.”
How fortunate that our strong women come off as men, just with different body parts! It would be awful if we had great female he- roes that didn’t remind anyone of their counterparts with penises.
This isn’t the first time that Lawrence has had questionable opinions about women. In a Rolling Stone interview from about this time two years ago, she let us in on her life growing up. It included a lot of athletics, as Lawrence played field hockey, softball and even basketball on an all-boys team.
For women everywhere who play sports, having a role model like Lawrence can be a huge boost. Having such a recognizable face could help her inspire younger girls to break into the world of sports, or show that women who play sports can still retain their femininity.
However, it really didn’t help when Lawrence explained to Rolling Stone that she played all those sports because she “was so dykey.”
Ignoring all of the issues there currently are with homophobia in sports, women have had a struggle in the world of sports, primarily because it is an environment of reinforced heteronormativity. Many female athletes and coaches won’t come out for fear of being judged and released from their positions, such as when Lisa Howe was dismissed from coaching the women’s soccer team at Belmont University in Tennessee, which just happened to occur right around the same time as Lawrence’s “dykey” comment. She was not-so-coincidentally released the same week she came out, despite having a strong five year stint as coach.
As it is assumed that many women in sports are not heterosexual, they have to go even further out of their way when they decide to hide it. Having Lawrence reinforce the concept that she was so into sports because she was “dykey” only slows the progression that we are finally starting to see in these areas.
Lawrence isn’t only borderline sexist, she’s also insensitive to mental illnesses. When she was on The Tonight Show with Jesse Eisenberg, the topic of Eisenberg’s obsessive-compulsive disorder came up. Eisenberg had admit to having severe rituals that affect his daily life, and was talking openly about them, which can be a struggle for those with mental health issues.
Lawrence then turned to Eisenberg to declare, “You are the most interesting person,” and, “I want weird quirks.”
For those of you who haven’t seen Moonrise Kingdom, there is a scene in which Suzy (Kara Haywood) tells Sam (Jared Gilman) that she wishes she was an orphan, like Sam, because “I think (orphans’) lives are more special.” Sam responds with, “I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Without the “I love you,” this is almost exactly the reaction Lawrence got from Eisenberg, as he quietly murmured, “You can have them,” when talking about his “quirks” that Lawrence wanted. While we laughed at Suzy because wanting to be an orphan sounds ridiculous, audience members swooned over Lawrence for wanting little quirks, instead of calling her out for trivializing OCD.
I don’t want to give the impression that Lawrence is this devil that has disguised herself perfectly in our culture. She is one of the many faces of a new age of Hollywood stars, and there are probably many worse celebrities for us common folk to worship.
However, if we are going to call out Katy Perry for trashing feminism (which we should and rightfully did) and are going to hold the stars accountable for their actions, Lawrence should not be exempt from this.
Especially since she may not be as perfect as we all want to believe.