Jennifer Lawrence is apologizing for a story she recently told about scratching her butt on the rocks of a sacred Hawaiian site. After being called out for cultural insensitivity, the Passengers star issued a statement on Facebook this afternoon (December 9).
“I meant absolutely no disrespect to the Hawaiian people,” she wrote. “I really thought that I was being self deprecating about the fact that I was ‘the curse,’ but I understand the way it was perceived was not funny and I apologize if I offended anyone.”
Lawrence initially told the butt-scratching story during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show. She recalled that, while filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Hawaii, she and the cast were warned not to disturb sacred rocks on the beach ... but she apparently couldn’t resist.
“There were sacred rocks,” Lawrence explained to Norton. “I don’t know. They were ancestors. Who knows? But you’re not supposed to sit on them because you’re not supposed to expose your genitalia to them. I, however, was in a wetsuit for this whole shoot, and oh my god, they were so good for butt-itching.”
The 26-year-old went on to describe how she accidentally knocked one of the stones loose and it rolled down the mountain, nearly killing a crew member. (uhh, LOL?)
“It was this huge dramatic deal, and all the Hawaiians were like, ‘It’s the curse!’ And I’m in the corner going, ‘I’m your curse. I wedged it loose with my ass,’” she recalled.
Her behavior — and the lighthearted way in which she told the story — immediately enflamed people who were unimpressed with her ignorance. Let’s see if Lawrence’s apology cools the flames.