Jennifer Lawrence is letting her voice and opinions be heard in any way she can.
After recently releasing photos online of herself before and after being photoshopped, the actress sat down with Barbara Walters as one of the 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2013 to discuss the media’s influence on body image and self-esteem.
The Hunger Games star feels so strongly about the media’s use of the word ‘fat,’ she thinks that it should be outlawed. She told Barbara Walters:
“Why is humiliating people funny. I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. “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?”
Although she’s outraged about the media’s negative impact on women, the Academy Award winning actress claims that she is guilty of talking negatively too. She explained:
“I get it, and I do it, too, we all do it. (But) 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.”
She also added that the public taunting and humiliation hit close to home for her due to her own struggles, and she’s not sure how long she can stay in Hollywood. She continued:
“When my mother talks about my childhood, she always tells me that I had a light in me … when I started school, the light went out. I don’t think I’d be able to survive celebrity and all that comes with it, like trying to wear a high fashion dress for a red carpet, if I didn’t add a little self-deprecation.”
JLaw is such a positive inspiration for young women struggling with self-esteem issues. We love her.