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Anne Hathaway Defends Jennifer Lawrence in Facebook Post

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It’s a tale as old as time: We place a celebrity on an impossibly high pedestal and then revel in their inevitable fall. So the tides have begun to turn against Hollywood’s most recent golden child, Jennifer Lawrence, after an exchange she had with a reporter immediately following her win at the 2016 Golden Globes was deemed rude by the general public. Brash judgment calls were made and the backlash was swift and immediate. Fellow actress Anne Hathaway, however, is having none of it.

Hathaway addressed “the Internet” in a Facebook post today (January 15), where she wrote about the incident and defended Lawrence’s actions.

She wrote, “It’s become pretty clear that the Jennifer Lawrence ‘scolding’ was taken out of context and that she was dryly joking with a journalist who was indeed using his phone to take photos of her.”

Hathaway continued, noting our culture’s continued pleasure in building celebrities (particularly women) up only to later watch them fall: “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. Jennifer is a beautiful, talented, wildly successful, popular, FOUR TIME OSCAR NOMINATED young woman. Please let us not punish her for these things.”

She then signed off as “a J-Law fan” and ended with a slew of hashtags that read, “#‎supportstrongwomen #‎imwithher #‎whycantwegiveloveonemorechance.”

The criticism against Lawrence came about when she interrupted a reporter who was allegedly looking at his phone while asking her a question at the Golden Globes. Lawrence said, “You can’t live your whole life behind your phone, bro. You can’t do that. You gotta live in the now.”

Reporter Chris Trondsen, who was allegedly in the room at the time, came to Lawrence’s defense on Twitter, writing, “I was in the press room w/ Jennifer Lawrence. She did NOT bully that reporter. He was not reading questions off of his phone.”

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