Jennifer Lawrence hits back at Female Action Heroes remarks
Actress Jennifer Lawrence has backtracked on her remarks implying that no female action heroines existed before her role in The hunger Games.
“I remember when I was doing hunger games, no one had ever put a woman at the head of an action film, because it wouldn’t work, we were told. Both girls and boys can identify with a male role, but boys cannot identify with a female role,” she said during an interview with actress Viola Davis this week. as part of Variety’s Actors on the Actors series.
Lawrence’s comments prompted a backlash, with several critics noting that female action heroes existed long before her, even before she was born, from Pam Grier to Sigourney Weaver. As John Nolte of Breitbart News said:
That’s what the left does. It’s still year zero for them. This is how they lie to the ignorant and the stupid, to those who want to feel like victims and crusaders forever. America is still racist, still sexist, and still committed to colonialism. The Mississippi is still burning. Stonewall is still rioting. Bras always need to be burned. Remember that BS on Black Panther?
No one batted an eyelid in 1986 when Sigourney Weaver ran around taking out aliens. Why? Because she wasn’t an ass-kicking “identity.” Instead, she was a genius character – tough, feminine, flawed, heroic, nurturing, protective, and ready to die to save her surrogate daughter.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter (THR) On Thursday, Lawrence said her lyrics were misinterpreted and she only wanted to point out “how good it feels” to be a female action hero.
“That’s certainly not what I meant at all. I know I’m not the only woman to have directed an action film. What I wanted to emphasize is how good it feels,” she said. “And I wanted to say that with Viola – to get past those old myths that you hear about…about the chatter that you would hear around this kind of thing. But it was my blunder and it went wrong. I had my nerves talking to a living legend.
Lawrence added that she was misquoted before, mentioning the time she seemed to imply that Donald Trump was responsible for the hurricanes.
“I was once quoted saying that Donald Trump was responsible for the hurricanes. I thought that one was ridiculous, that it was so stupid that I didn’t need to comment. But this one, I was like, ‘I think I want to clarify,'” she said.