What’s Twitter without another heated debate? Jennifer Lawrence is known to speak her mind but it was actually a Twitter user speaking for her that had the internet up in arms after commenting on a picture of the Oscar-winning actress among her Red Sparrow co-stars in London.
The picture, which includes bundled up colleagues Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, director Francis Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence smack in the middle, triggered a response from New Stateman’s Helen Lewis. The editor of the British political and cultural magazine posted the picture to Twitter and expressed anger over the fact that Lawrence was wearing a sleeveless velvet Versace gown in the cold while her male co-stars were in several layers and jackets.
Lewis captioned the photo, “This is such a quietly depressing (and revealing) image. Not least because I’ve been outside today and it’s bloody FREEZING.” Adding fuel to the fire, Lewis then followed up with a second tweet stating: “True equality means either Jennifer Lawrence getting a coat, or Jeremy Irons having to pose for a photocall in a**less chaps.”
Although some Twitter users were in immediate solidarity with Lewis’ opinion, others accused the editor of failing to report the whole story; Lawrence arrived at the photo call for Red Sparrow in a coat and simply took it off during the photo op. Others pointed out that Lawrence is an adult and if she chose to take off her coat to show off her Versace dress which featured a gorgeous plunging neckline and thigh-high slit it was her choice, not a sign of inequality among her male co-stars.
The revealing-dress-in-the-cold debate became so blown out of proportion that Lawrence took to Facebook to respond to the controversy herself and call out all media outlets who reported on the story. “Wow,’’ the actress wrote, “This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended.”
Lawrence continued, “That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I’m going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf? I was outside for 5 minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice.”
“This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism,” stated the Red Sparrow actress. “It’s creating silly distractions from real issues. Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THAT’S MY CHOICE TOO!” It looks like Lawrence was fine with not wearing a coat for those pictures; stand down Twitter.
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