Jennifer Lawrence: It should be illegal to call someone fat
December 18th, 2013
04:15 PM ET

Jennifer Lawrence: It should be illegal to call someone fat

Jennifer Lawrence is not a saint.

But, as she argues in Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating People of 2013" special, she's also not a member of the media.

In the pre-taped special that's airing on Wednesday, Walters points out that Lawrence is sensitive about the press sitting in judgment of women on the red carpet.

"Why is humiliating people funny?" the 23-year-old Oscar winner said. "I get it, and I do it too, we all do it. But I think when it comes to the media, the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that 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. So then all of a sudden, being funny is making fun of the girl that's wearing an ugly dress."

Lawrence doesn't call it out by name in the clip, but she has previously taken a stance against E!'s "Fashion Police," which is known for its sometimes cutting coverage of awards show ensembles. And if it were up to Lawrence none of the "Fashion Police" personalities - or anyone on TV, really - would be able to say the "F" word in particular.

"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 generations, why aren't we regulating things like calling people fat?"

What do you think - does J. Law have a point? See the entire interview when Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating People" special airs on ABC at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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  1. MeMelvin

    "Fat" like most other nouns and adjectives I know of is a perfectly good word. Been around a long time. If a person or an animal is "fat", it is "fat". Perfectly good desciption when true.

    Given the obesity problem there is in the USA, we should probably be using the word more often. To throw it in the pile with George Carlin's famous seven words and make it illegal to even utter is the dumbest idea I have heard from anyone lately.

    The problem mostly being Americans are getting fatter every day. We do it to ourselves!

    And PC isn't going to change it by calling them gastronomically challenged or calorically over-consumptive. It is a barrel of "pre-elimination undigested fat". Not total unlike Jennifers spewing.

    January 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan Britten

    How about everybody just gets over themselves instead?

    January 16, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mercenary76

    the united states of the easily offended along with too many politically correct hollywood types .

    January 14, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Walter Weinzinger

    Now political-correctness should be enforced by law, but only if it's going to be published by the media! What people only get called 'fat' on TV during safe-harbor time (10pm-6pm) when it's OK to air indecent material? Good thing she's just a Law-rence and not a law-maker!

    January 14, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George

    Illegal to call someone fat? How about we just call them slim-challenged.

    January 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anton

    I would rather that unhealthy people feel bad about their condition so that they might improve that condition.

    January 8, 2014 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    Really? Come on – are we "sensitive" about everything? Only – and I mean ONLY caring what other people think about us, so we stay politically, socially and whatever more correct? Who stes the standards for "correctness" then? I have my own opinion about things. I don't need everybody to agree with me. It's nice to see people have the same opinion. but I would never put pressure on someone to think the same way as me. Different peolpe means different characters. That's what makes life interesting. All going the same way? You catch my drift...

    December 26, 2013 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. JPboi

    I really admire her for her acting. She's really good at the roles she plays. And it it would be nice if shows like the Fashion Police were so unpopular they would just get canceled. But unfortunately too many people like that sort of trash talk.

    December 24, 2013 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jason prather

    It should be ILLEGAL to call this INTELLIGENCE!

    December 20, 2013 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Awesome Claus

    Here's a good idea: censor nothing on television and actually use freedom of speech!

    December 20, 2013 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Egon

      Yeah, but then the churchies and social conservatives would be up in arms about people saying things that offend them.

      December 20, 2013 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Corinne

    If you're going to make the word 'fat' ILLEGAL, you have to do the same with calling people skinny or anorexic looking etc

    December 20, 2013 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Courtney

    Wow nice! Feminism isn't dead, y'all.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Manda

    What a smart young woman, standing up to young girls!
    She should be an ambassador at

    December 20, 2013 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. John

    I would think after making a few very successful movies about a totalitarian government she wouldn't be speaking out in favor of one.

    December 20, 2013 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. rTravis

    She got the cooties.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  16. Heavy 6

    Shouldn't call them fat, call them gravitationally challenged. Or Spherical people.

    December 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Stan

    That Barbra Walters sure looks pretty.

    December 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rachel, Deb, Cindy, Kimberly, Chris, Jess1998

    All the same troll commenter. You ain't foolin' anybody, pal.

    December 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. anonymous

    Ms. Lawrence is cool. She is a refreshing change to the type of personalities that have come out of Hollywood recently. She's honest and unafraid to speak her mind, and according to her statement, she's empathetic to others. I just hope fame does not changer her.

    December 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • VladT

      Encouraging a form of censorship because she finds a word offensive is something to be commended?

      Sometimes I really worry what our country will be like in 20 years....

      December 20, 2013 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  20. A Man

    America is truly a psychotic society. Everyday I observe more evidence that the American mainstream/pop culture is truly like a cancer of the mind. How can a woman, who makes her living on her appearance, try to tell people that appearance SHOULDN'T matter. What kind of non-sense is this?
    I'll say again. This woman makes a living by her looks, and tries to tell people not to judge on appearance?

    December 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margo

      Typical – A Man who just doesn't get it. Further evidence that stupid people are like a cancer to society as a whole.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Republicrat

      She makes her living on her talent, not her looks. Sure she is nice to look at, but saying she makes her living on her looks says more about you than it does about her.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  21. stagger

    Don't let your kids watch garbage like E! network. Problem solved...

    December 19, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |

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