Anne Hathaway is standing up for fellow actress Jennifer Lawrence following the social media backlash against the Hunger Games actress.
Hathaway, who has had her own dealings with on-line criticism, took to Facebook to defend Lawrence after she was accused of being “rude” to a reporter at the Golden Globes.
“Dear the Internet, 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 wrote on Facebook.
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) January 16, 2016
“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,” she continued. “Jennifer is a beautiful, talented, wildly successful, popular, FOUR TIME OSCAR NOMINATED young woman.”
“Please let us not punish her for these things,” the Alice Through the Looking Glass actress, who signed her post “A J-Law Fan,” concluded.
The post came after Jennifer was called out for telling a reporter to refrain from hiding behind his mobile phone.
“You can’t live your whole life behind your phone, bro,” Lawrence told the reporter. “You gotta live in the now.”
After he apologised, the reporter went on to ask about the Academy Awards when Lawrence interrupted him.
“We’re at the Golden Globes,” said Lawrence. “If you put your phone down you’d know that.”
— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) January 17, 2016
In the meantime, Lawrence released a statement after being nominated for the best actress Oscar for her role in Joy.
“I am beyond grateful and humbled by this nomination,” said the 25-year-old Oscar-winner. “I feel incredibly honored to be recognized among the other amazing women in this category.”
She continued: “Joy is an incredibly inspiring story about an ordinary woman who does extraordinary things. For me, working with David O. Russell has been nothing short of extraordinary, and I share this nomination with him as well as our incredible supporting cast. I could not be more proud to be a part of this film and thankful to the producers and Fox for their unyielding support.”