Jennifer Lawrence Wants To Make It Illegal To Call People “Fat” On Television

Jennifer Lawrence Wants To Make It Illegal To Call People "Fat" On Television

Jennifer Lawrence is one of Barbara Walters‘ Most Fascinating People of 2013 and in the accompanying interview, Jennifer spent some time speaking out against the constant fat shaming that goes on in the media.

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

On same basic level, I agree with what she’s saying about making the word ‘fat’ have a bigger negative connotation. Right now, it’s such a throw-away word that everyone uses, like ‘oh, she’s so fat’, and ‘oh, he’s gotten so much fatter’. And fat is definitely relative, especially since we have a tendency to be much harder on celebrities and public figures than ourselves – and of course, it doesn’t help that the camera usually adds about fifteen pounds.

But even then, I wouldn’t necessarily agree that the word ‘fat’ should be regulated. I mean, that’s just silly. I think people need to be careful on what they’re calling fat and realize that body shaming will never make anyone feel better, but in reality, that word is just a daily part of our vocabulary. You can make arguments for why it should or shouldn’t be, but that’s not going to change. But the media does have a responsibility to set better examples for young girls, and I agree with Jennifer that the way ‘fat’ is portrayed on television needs to change. It’s a particularly passionate topic for Jennifer, who speaks out on this issue a lot – probably because she herself has to deal with weight stories all the time. I mean, that’s exactly what I’m saying about the media’s responsibility – if an actress as skinny as Jennifer has to face fat stories, then how would other girls feel? The girls that are not size zero and have actual curves?

What do you guys think? Do you agree or disagree with Jennifer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.



  • Colonel Duke LaCrosse

    If you’re fat, you’re fat. If you don’t want to be called fat, then stop being fat. It’s not like there’s some mystery to why some people are fat and some people aren’t. Eat right and move more and you’ll stop being fat. I think it’s more dangerous to tell people that being fat is a healthy way to live than it is to call a spade a spade and admit that someone is fat.

    • twelfthnight

      You’re missing the point. People call Jennifer Lawrence fat! There’s a huge difference between acknowledging those who are ACTUALLY overweight or obese as such, and promoting the idea that everyone who isn’t 105 pounds is fat.

      When Britney Spears was what is honestly a healthy weight for an early 30s mom of 2, she was called fat.

      Jennifer isn’t looking to make everyone accept or change overweight people, she’s simply looking to put a stop to throwing around the word fat on tv in regards to people who clearly are not on the fast track to obesity, such as herself, simply because they don’t fit the cookie-cutter hollywood mold.

      Like when people call JLaw fat, it makes people like me, who probably weigh more than her but are also not obese, feel bad, because if she’s fat by society’s standards, I’m definitely fat.

      • Colonel Duke LaCrosse

        If you care about what people in the media say about other people’s weight, you have bigger issue than your weight. You don’t see guys running around thinking “I’m not built like The Rock so something must be wrong with me”. Women, get your heads right.

        • thebutcher

          EXACTLY

  • bohomoth

    Bless J-Law. She’s just so adorable. And NOT fat!

  • Dragonfly10192002

    See, we have this thing called the First Amendment, Jennifer…