Jennifer Lawrence: weight comments 'should be illegal'

Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet for the LA premiere of The Hunger Games; Catching Fire Lawrence's red carpet appearances, such as the LA premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, often attract media attention

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence has said she thinks "it should be illegal to call someone fat on TV", after red carpet criticism of her own figure.

Speaking to US host Barbara Walters, The Hunger Games star added: "Because why is humiliating people funny?"

The 23 year-old actress, who plays Katniss Everdeen in the teen franchise, said she was worried about how the media's attitude affected young people.

Lawrence features in Walters' series The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013.

"I get it, and I do it too, we all do it," the actress told Walters.

"[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," Lawrence said.

"So all of the sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that's wearing an ugly dress. And the word fat! I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV."

Lawrence added: "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?"

The film actress, who won an Oscar earlier this year for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, has previously spoken out against gossip magazines and TV shows such as E!'s Fashion Police, presented by Joan Rivers, which criticise the way women look.

Last month the American Hustle star told BBC Radio 1 that hearing negative things about her appearance "was like being in high school".

Her own figure became the subject of much debate, after being branded "fuller" by industry standards.

She told the December 2012 issue of Elle magazine that "in Hollywood, I'm obese. I'm considered a fat actress".

Walters' full interview with Lawrence will be broadcast on Wednesday night in the US as part of the ABC News special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013.

Her list includes singer Miley Cyrus, Edward Snowden and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, otherwise known as KimYe.

Prince George, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby son, also appears on the list.


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    Comment number 799.

    Anyone calling her fat must have a seriously distorted view of normality.

    I do get why she would be concerned though, not necessarily for herself as she has the confidence to stand up against such stupidity but comments like that carry such huge influence with young and less secure people.

    That said there can't be a ban on any language, just imagine trying to maintain an updated ban list.

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    Comment number 333.

    Jennifer Lawrence is making a valid point re.the media, albeit in a roundabout way. Lots of young people - particularly girls - get fed a damaging message when the media labels celebrities as fat, especially when they are clearly not fat. The message that 'not-stick-thin' actresses must therefore be fat, which has been said re. Lawrence, places further unachievable expectations on young women.

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    Comment number 332.

    What about people who insult those with Ginger hair? Should that be made illegal? At least if you are overweight you can try and so something about it! ( not that im saying they should accept abuse - just where do you draw the line!? ).

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    Comment number 142.

    People are laughing.. They used to laugh about racism and sexism when it was the norm.. Is our society better or worse since they were outlawed?

    The abuse people encounter on this blog if they are overweight is at times outright nastiness and so yes abusive langauge of all types should be outlawed.

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    Comment number 68.

    I think the real issue is who the media calls fat.

    Obviously its shouldn't be made illegal, that's absurd, but there is an issue with the media calling people fat who just aren't.

    There are just as mainly health risks attached to being overly skinny as overweight


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