In Hollywood (read: everyday life) women face an egregious amount of scrutiny. So-called “It” girls are hot one second, then mercilessly picked apart the next. Look no further than the controversy surrounding Jennifer Lawrence’s recent interaction with a reporter backstage at the Golden Globes.
Earlier this week, after Sunday’s Globes, Lawrence took some online heat for wryly scolding a foreign reporter in the press room for being on his phone while asking her a question. “You can’t live your whole life behind your phone, bro,” Lawrence reprimanded. “You can’t do that, you’ve got to live in the now.” Soon after the video went viral, Mic published its hot take, “We Have Reached Peak Jennifer Lawrence.”
According to writer Kevin O’Keeffe, the moment served to strip Lawrence of her “It” girl status. But “none of this is Lawrence’s fault,” O’Keeffe wrote. “This is how Hollywood works. Actresses are hot one second and annoying the next. Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet can empathize.”
But Hathaway is doing more than empathizing; she’s standing by her “beautiful, talented, wildly successful, popular, FOUR TIME OSCAR NOMINATED” friend.
On Friday, Hathaway clapped back at JLaw’s critics on Facebook, writing that the Golden Globe winner’s comments were “taken out of context.”
“She was dryly joking with a journalist who was indeed using his phone to take photos of her,” Hathaway said, before adding, “Let’s not continue the sad but common practice of building people — especially women — up just to viciously tear them down when we perceive them to have misstepped.”
No one knows that more than Hathaway, who was constantly picked apart by online trolls in 2012 for her poised behavior, “theater kid” attitude and dorky excitement. A simple Google search for “Why Do People Hate Anne Hathaway” will tell you all you need to know about the fragility of being a Hollywood “It” girl. (It’s worth noting that just last year The Daily Beast published “Do We Still Hate Anne Hathaway?“)
Now Hathaway is doing all she can to make sure that kind of senseless vitriol doesn’t happen to another bright and talented starlets.
“Jennifer is a beautiful, talented, wildly successful, popular, FOUR TIME OSCAR NOMINATED young woman,” she wrote. “Please let us not punish her for these things.”