For the past month Jennifer Lawrence has maintained a dignified silence as intimate photos of her, and other Hollywood stars, have turned up in the darkest corners of the Internet after having been stolen and leaked by hackers.
Now the Oscar-winning actress has come out swinging, branding those involved “thoughtless and careless and so empty inside” and making the very good point that this violation of her privacy is “not a scandal. It is a sex crime.”
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she told Vanity Fair.
“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.”
Lawrence’s considered, articulate and robust response shows her class. But there’s something else fans of J-Law – the self-deprecating, pratfalling, unashamed fangirl we’ve come to know and love – will appreciate just as much.
Even in the midst of a hugely upsetting ordeal, she retained her celebrated wit and self-awareness, managing to see a lighter side, if only for a moment.
“When I have to make that phone call to my dad and tell him what’s happened … I don’t care how much money I get for The Hunger Games,” she said.
“Fortunately, he was playing golf, so he was in a good mood…”