Entertainment News: Actress Jennifer Lawrence Tells Barbara Walters “It Should Be Illegal to Call Somebody Fat on TV”

Entertainment News: Actress Jennifer Lawrence Tells Barbara Walters “It Should Be Illegal to Call Somebody Fat on TV”


We are so loving Jennifer Lawrence right now.

The actress, who has never been one to be afraid to speak her mind and is known for proudly embracing who she is, sat down with Barbara Walters for an in-depth interview as part of Barbara’s annual 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 special.

Since being chosen to play the part of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games movie series, her career has taken off and propelled her into the spotlight. While response from fans has been overwhelming positive, not so much from critics. As we reported back in October, Jennifer, who is reportedly a size 6, has been told to lose weight and has even called a fat actress. Critics blasted her on her weight after seeing the first Hunger Games film (of the same name), to which Jennifer told Elle Magazine last year:

“I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner’…I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong—not thin and underfed.”

Jennifer talks body image in her interview with Barbara Walters and makes no secret that she’s furious over the criticisms in Hollywood and the message it sends to young girls.


She tells Barbara in the interview:

“I get it, and, and I do it too, we all do it. [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.”

She goes on to say:

“I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. I mean, 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?”

Amen! We love that Jennifer Lawrence is an advocate for young girls and promoting a healthy body image that doesn’t rely on size.

Jennifer’s interview with Barbara Walters airs TONIGHT at 9:30 p.m. ET. in the ABC News special  “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013.” Check your local listings for airtime within your timezone.