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10 Times Jennifer Lawrence Has Spoken Out on Body Shamers, Harvey Weinstein & More

Jennifer Lawrence
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Jennifer Lawrence poses for photographers at the photo call for Red Sparrow in London on Feb. 20, 2018. 

In addition to her major movie roles, Jennifer Lawrence is known for having her own strong opinions about everything from football teams to her wardrobe.

The former Hunger Games star is not afraid to speak out about anything and everything. Most recently, she slammed the media’s coverage of her outfit choice while promoting her new drama flick Red Sparrow. After receiving criticism for not wearing a jacket, Lawrence responded, "That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I'm going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf?”

Now that J. Law has made herself known as one to always make a statement, check out some other times the actress has spoken out.

February 2018: Addresses "Rude" Comment at BAFTAs

At the 2018 BAFTA ceremony, Joanna Lumley introduced Lawrence as “the hottest actress on the planet,” to which Lawrence replied “That was a bit much.” Critics slammed her for being “rude” but Lawrence insisted the exchange was planned, and she was just joking. “I wasn’t being rude, it was an inside joke. I mean I’m always rude,” she teased sarcastically.

February 2018: Speaks Out Against Harvey Weinstein

Earlier this month, Weinstein’s camp filed legal documents that state that Lawrence had speaker “glowingly” of the producer, which she quickly shot down. In a statement to TMZ, Lawrence instead she stood with all of the women affected by Weinstein’s abuse. "Harvey Weinstein and his company are continuing to do what they have always done which is to take things out of context and use them for their own benefit. This is what predators do, and it must stop." The actress later added, “For the record, while I was not victimized personally by Harvey Weinstein, I stand behind the women who have survived his terrible abuse and I applaud them in using all means necessary to bring him to justice whether through criminal or civil actions. Time's up."

When first women started coming forward, Lawrence -- who starred in The Weinstein Company-produced, Oscar-winning film Silver Lining Playbook -- told Variety, “I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting. My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward."

October 2017: Recalls Her Personal Experience With Discrimination in Hollywood

As many women were coming forward with accusations against Harvey Weinstein, Lawrence took the opportunity to share her own story of a time when she was degraded and humiliated (unrelated to Weinstein) early in her career. “When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks,” she said at Elle‘s Women in Hollywood event. “During this time a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much thinner than me. And we all stood side by side with only paste-ons covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating line-up, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.”

May 2017: Defends Pole Dancing Bra Scandal

In May 2017, video surfaced of Lawrence dancing at her friend’s birthday party. Many fans quickly criticized her for wearing a bra while appearing to be pole dancing, which made the actress take to Facebook to address the hate: “Nobody wants to be reminded that they tried to dance on a stripper pole by the internet. It was one of my best friend's birthdays and I dropped my paranoia guard for one second to have fun. I'm not going to apologize, I had a BLAST that night,” she said. She then went on to clarify that is wasn’t a bra, but a top. “Ps that's not a bra it's an Alexander Wang top and I'm not gonna lie, I think my dancings pretty good. Even with no core strength.”

January 2017: Slams Trump For Muslim Ban

Lawrence spoke out against Trump again, this time for his proposed Muslim ban. She took to Facebook to address the matter, saying:“My broken heart goes out to the innocent lives of Muslim refugees that are trying to escape terror and find safety for their families…I and millions of Americans understand that someone's race or religion should never keep them in harm's way. It should be every person's duty to help and protect anyone no matter their nationality,” Lawrence wrote. She then slammed the president: “I pray for sanity and compassion to return to the White House.”

November 2016: Encourages Others to Speak Up After Election Results

Lawrence has been very vocal about her disapproval of President Trump — she even vowed the throw martini in his face if they ever meet. After Trump won the election, she spoke out on Broadly, vocalizing her disproval of his victory, but also encouraging others to rise up. “We're all allowed to be sad that the present isn't what we thought it was. But we mustn't be defeated. We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair. It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail.”

April 2016: Advocates Against Body Criticism 

Lawrence is also subjected to a ton of criticism about her weight, which is something that understandably bothers the star. She told Harpers Bazaar in 2016 that being a women puts her under more fire for her looks. "If we are moving forward in a society, you are feeling stronger as a woman, and you want to be taken more seriously. You don't have to take away the wonderful traits that come with being a woman: We are sensitive. We are pleasers. We're empathetic….All those things that can keep you from asking for what you want or making mistakes." She pleaded for people to understand that there are many different types of bodies.  "I would like us to make a new normal-body type. Everybody says, 'We love that there is somebody with a normal body!' And I'm like, 'I don't feel like I have a normal body.'"

October 2015: Addresses The Pay Gap 

In October 2015, Lawrence published a personal essay titled, “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co?Stars?” Where she spoke out against pay discrimination in Hollywood. On her Facebook went in detail about her experience with her male costars. She wrote, “A few weeks ago at work, I spoke my mind and gave my opinion in a clear and no-bullshit way; no aggression, just blunt. The man I was working with (actually, he was working for me) said, ‘Whoa! We’re all on the same team here!’ As if I was yelling at him. I was so shocked because nothing that I said was personal, offensive, or, to be honest, wrong. All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive.”

September 2014: Speaks Out After Nude Photo Scandal 

Lawrence was a victim of a cyber attack in the fall of 2014, where nude photos of her and other female celebrities were leaked. Lawrence was devastated by the event, but took it as an opportunity to show how actors are still human. She told Vanity Fair, “Just because I'm a public figure, just because I'm an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It's my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can't believe that we even live in that kind of world. People forget that we're human.”

December 2013: Calls Out Body-Shamers

Lawrence has been vocal about her hatred of body-shamers since she is often subjected to it. She told Barbara Walters that she wants it to be illegal to comment on someone’s weight.  “I think when it comes to the media, the media needs to take responsibility for the effect 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. So then all of a 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.” A year earlier, she told Elle magazine that she was considered “obese” by Hollywood’s standards.


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