'It should be illegal to call someone fat'

Last updated 15:18 18/12/2013

Jennifer Lawrence says "it should be illegal" to call someone fat.

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Jennifer Lawrence continues to climb up the 'favourite woman of women on the internet' charts. Her latest awesome move? Stating how wrong it is to comment on someone else's body. 

"Why is humiliating people funny? I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV," the 23-year-old Oscar winner told Barbara Walters during a '10 Most Fascinating People of 2013' interview. 

"If we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren't we regulating things like calling people fat?" she added. 

"I get it, and I do it, too, we all do it," she continued of 'humiliating people on the red carpet'. "[But] the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool."


This isn't the first time Lawrence has called out the media for being too judgemental:

"There are shows like 'Fashion Police' that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on all the wrong values and that it's okay to point at people and call them ugly or fat," she told Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer earlier in the year. 

"We have to stop treating each other like that and stop calling each other fat."

Fashion Police host and comedian Joan Rivers responded to this comment with a typically biting quip: "She tripped over her own arrogance."

While we completely agree with Lawrence, we do think it's a bit simplistic to say it's bad to call people 'fat': it's also not on telling someone they're too skinny; too tall or too short. Plain and simple, so long as they're doing no harm to themselves or to others, other people's bodies are none of our business. 

Also, calling out a celebrity for wearing a bad dress on a red carpet they're basically paid to be on is a far cry from body shaming. It's their job; they have stylists ... oh, and Joan Rivers is really funny. 


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