Say what you will about celebrities’ enviable lifestyles – at least plebs like you and me don’t have to contend with the constant threat of having our words recorded, reported, and wildly blown out of context.
Our case for today: Jennifer Lawrence, in an interview with the UK‘s Channel 4, said some stuff about Hurricane Irma that has somehow been taken to mean that she reckons the devastating Category 5 hurricane is evidence of Mother Nature‘s wrath at the election of Donald Trump.
Of course, that’s not at all what she actually said. Her remarks were pretty clumsy, sure, but she absolutely did not blame Donald Trump for a hurricane because a) that would be insane and b) that’s just… not what she said.
The transcript for the offending part of the interview, completed while she is on a press tour for her new flick Mother!, is as follows:
JLAW: It’s scary to know it’s been proven through science that climate change is due is due to human activity, and we continue to ignore it. And the only voice that we really have is through voting.
Reporter: And you have voted.
JLAW: And we voted, and it was really startling. You’re watching these hurricanes now and it’s really hard, especially while promoting this movie, not to feel Mother Nature’s rage, her wrath.
I mean… she’s clearly still on the topic of climate change, yeah? Nowhere is she saying “An omnipotent deity known as Mother Nature is angry at the Orange President Donald Trump and sending hurricanes to punish humanity“, yeah?
Doesn’t matter; people have cracked the shits anyway.
— George Branton (@GeorgeBranton) September 8, 2017
Reads, "Jennifer Lawrence said hurricanes are punishment for voting for Trump."
Never watches her movies again
— Nate Inman (@StreetsofCberry) September 8, 2017
Hollywood's ..Jennifer Lawrence has stated this Hurricane season is because we voted for Trump .. WOW.I guess "IF" HRC had won /we wld b OK
— Howdy Doodie (@StumpJumper6868) September 8, 2017
Just when you think Hollywood asshats can't possibly say anything dumber, Jennifer Lawrence has a 'hold my beer' moment. #Tucker
— Jessica (@BeingJessica) September 9, 2017
Jennifer Lawrence: "Mother Nature is making hurricanes to punish Trump voters"
We don't say "Liberalism is a mental disease" for nothing!
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) September 8, 2017
Mates, a suggestion: read the whole thing, not just the headline. The sense of superiority when someone in the public eye fucks up is so much greater and more satisfying if the fuck-up is, y’know, actually real.
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