Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t apologize and she shouldn’t have to


Jennifer Lawrence at the 83rd Academy Awards Red Carpet (Photo Courtesy of Mingle MediaTV via Flickr).

It’s not a secret that Jennifer Lawrence and other various actresses were victims of a sex crime. Private photos of the targeted actresses were released on the web after they had been hacked. The Internet exploded with a focus on Lawrences’ photos – probably because of her popularity.

But Lawrence didn’t give a statement apologizing for her indiscretion like others such as Vanessa Hudgens have done before her. She didn’t allow her publicity machine to spin the photos somehow into a positive way. Instead, Jennifer Lawrence gave a big ‘screw you’ to the standard that Hollywood starlets have to answer to when they supposedly slip up. Lawrence did what Hollywood should have been doing all along.

Lawrence told Vanity Fair that she initially tried to write an apology, but couldn’t go through with it. “Every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry. I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you,” Lawrence said.

While Lawrence is justifying why she took the photos by explaining that she was in a committed relationship, it shouldn’t matter to anyone if she weren’t in one. Who she chooses to let see her in a different light is her decision. She didn’t consent for anyone with access to the Internet to see her naked body, but only the person she sent the photos too.

When the photos first ended up online, I saw plenty of people that I knew and didn’t know on social media claiming that ‘she should’ve known better’ or ‘it’s good for her publicity and she can handle it.’ But she shouldn’t have to handle it. I think Lawrence says it pretty nicely when she said, “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world. ”

I can’t believe that we live in a world either where people will shame the actress who was a victim of a sex crime instead of the creeps who spent time and effort acting as modern day peeping toms. Lawrence and the other actresses targeted by this crime are not to blame, and it’s time that we take a stand against those that break the law and violate the right to privacy that everyone should have.

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