Jennifer Lawrence Finds Her Sacred Land Desecration Story Hilarious, Internet Disagrees
Update: Jennifer Lawrence has apologized for giving the impression that she was disrespectful of native Hawaiians and their sacred land.
"From Jen, to the internet," a December 9 message on Lawrence's Facebook page read, "I meant absolutely no disrespect to the Hawaiian people. I really thought that I was being self deprecating about the fact that I was 'the curse', but I understand the way it was perceived was not funny and I apologize if I offended anyone."
Jennifer Lawrence is known for being a capable, bankable actress onscreen and a wellspring of pratfalls and wacky quotes in real life. She seems to say what she's thinking — immediately, right as she thinks it — and her beauty and natural comic timing sell her sound bites. While Lawrence's remarks can be funny or charming (and they often are), her words arguably find an even more receptive audience than they would if she were, say, not blonde, famous and beautiful. But a recent story she told on the press circuit for upcoming sci-fi drama Passengers has been regarded as less than adorable and relatable, even if Jennifer seems to find it so.
In a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Lawrence regaled her Passengers costar Chris Pratt and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver with a story of how she kinda-sorta desecrated a sacred site in Hawaii during Hunger Games filming, but in an evidently hilarious and whimsical way (according to Jen).
"We were filming in Hawaii, and there were...sacred...rocks — I dunno, they were ancestors, who knows — they were sacred. And you're not supposed to sit on them, because you're not supposed to expose your genitalia to them. I however, was in a wet suit for this whole shoot, so, oh my god they were so good for butt itching!"
Jennifer laughs at her own story as she explains, "one rock that I was butt scratchin' on came loose, and it was a giant boulder that rolled down this mountain, and almost killed our sound guy!" That's hopefully hyperbole, given how hard the X-Men: Apocalypse actress continues laughing.
Funnier still to Lawrence is the native Hawaiians' reaction: "And all the Hawaiians were like 'oh my god, it's the curse!'" she says, imitating a fist shake at the sky. "And I'm in the corner going, I'm your curse."
Not everyone found Jennifer Lawrence's account of disturbing sacred ground with her butt cheek — told as she waved a glass of white wine around — endearing. As blunders go, it's more cringeworthy than monstrous (particularly since the sound guy is fine!), but perhaps Lawrence should retire this anecdote for the remainder of her talk show circuit.
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