It’s sad to see a talented actress go downhill so fast, but that’s what happens in the intersection of Hollywood and politics—a big crash.
Case in point: Jennifer Lawrence. She once held America spellbound by her husky voice, sweet smile, unapologetic curves, and authenticity when dealing with the press. Her movies were compelling, and her performances sparkled. Lawrence was a refreshing respite from the fake, self-aggrandizing liberal lemmings of Hollywood.
Now, like so many other actors who aren’t satisfied with simply being artists and entertainers, Lawrence has become political. Her charm has turned crass, making one wonder if we’ve been seeing the real Jennifer Lawrence all this time.
It All Began With Kentucky
Lawrence’s Mr. Hyde side revealed itself to most Americans—who simply knew her as the beloved rebel Katniss in “Hunger Games”—when Lawrence criticized half of America during the Kentucky same-sex marriage controversy. County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples because of her Christian beliefs regarding traditional marriage, and Lawrence flipped out.
“Don’t even say her name in this house,” she told Vogue. “All those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking they’re fighting the good fight. I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are.”
During the presidential election, Lawrence lashed out again, dramatically saying, “If Donald Trump is president of the United States, it will be the end of the world.” The world, of course, hasn’t ended.
After Trump’s election, Lawrence wrote an op-ed, telling women to embrace their anger. “This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men,” she wrote. “Do not let this defeat you—let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman—don’t be afraid, be loud!”
In a particularly hypocritical moment, she said the country needs to move past its political division and anger, despite her own hostility toward Republicans, Christians, and the president. In an interview with Graham Norton, she said she had attended a concert where Trump was present. “I had my full security, I was like, ‘Find Donald Trump,’” she explained. “Because I was adamant on finding him and then making a video of me going, ‘Hey Trump, f*ck you!’”
Siccing Her Followers On Innocent Bystanders
After the Charlottesville violence, Lawrence asked her 16 million followers on social media to help her identify the neo-Nazi protestors in photographs. “These are the faces of hate. Look closely and post anyone you find. You can’t hide with the internet you pathetic cowards!”
Calling for public naming and shaming doesn’t always work out so well, though. A man named Kyle Quinn who works at the Engineering Research Center at the University of Arkansas doing wound-healing research was wrongly identified as having participated in the protest.
“Overnight, thousands of strangers across the country had been working together to share photographs of the men bearing Tiki torches on the University of Virginia campus,” The New York Times reported. “They wanted to name and shame them to their employers, friends and neighbors.
“A man at the rally had been photographed wearing an ‘Arkansas Engineering’ shirt, and the amateur investigators found a photo of Mr. Quinn that looked somewhat similar. They were both bearded and had similar builds.”
He was deluged by vulgar messages on social media. People demanded that he lose his job. He was threatened, accused of racism, and his address was published. Fearing for his life, he and his wife had to leave their house to stay with a friend.
“You have celebrities and hundreds of people doing no research online, not checking facts,” Quinn said. “I’ve dedicated my life to helping all people, trying to improve health care and train the next generation of scientists, and this is potentially throwing a wrench in that.”
Way to go, Jennifer.
A Political Barbie with a String in Her Back
Lawrence also revealed an inability to have inner dialogue before speaking when she seemed to blame Trump supporters for Hurricane Irma. In an interview where she moved from talking of Mother Nature’s wrath, to climate change and voting, to her “confusion” over Trump’s election, she generated confusion of her own. Some in the media accused her of linking Mother Nature’s wrath to voting for Trump, which forced her to make a statement, claiming that her comments were taken “grossly out of context.”
Maybe if she had focused on the hurricane and the people in Irma’s path instead of swerving into politics, she would have avoided the controversy. But that would have been the old, thoughtful Jennifer. Now we have a political Barbie doll with a string on her back, and when you pull it, you get liberal talking points.
On the heels of the release of her new psycho movie “Mother!,” Lawrence has continued her political push by offering fans a chance to get drunk with her to fight political corruption.
“We’ll hang out, drink some wine, talk politics, drink wine, maybe we’ll call your ex, maybe we’ll call my ex,” she says in a promotional video.
If Lawrence is so concerned about political corruption, one has to ask where her “get drunk for dollars” fundraiser was when Hillary Clinton was secretary of State. Of course, we know the answer, which is why people are sick and tired of celebrities and their hypocrisy.
As for her latest film by her boyfriend, the “overrated” Darren Aronofsky, the Observer gives it a devastating 0 out of 4 stars.
“This delusional freak show is two hours of pretentious twaddle that tackles religion, paranoia, lust, rebellion, and a thirst for blood in a circus of grotesque debauchery to prove that being a woman requires emotional sacrifice and physical agony at the cost of everything else in life, including life itself,” Rex Reed writes. “Nothing about mother! makes one lick of sense as Darren Aronofsky’s corny vision of madness turns more hilarious than scary. With so much crap around to clog the drain, I hesitate to label it the ‘Worst movie of the year’ when ‘Worst movie of the century’ fits it even better.” Ouch.
It’s truly is a tragedy when America’s sweetheart turns into America’s nightmare.