No, Jennifer Lawrence Shouldn't 'Laugh It Off'

And don't tell her she should have expected it either, say columnists
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2014 1:51 PM CDT
No, Jennifer Lawrence Shouldn't 'Laugh It Off'
A file photo of Jennifer Lawrence.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FIle)

Jennifer Lawrence is getting all kinds of advice from strangers on how to handle the leak of her private photos, and two unfortunate themes have emerged, observes Amanda Hess at Slate. Lawrence should "laugh it off," and she should stop taking nude photos of herself because what did she think was going to happen? Enough please, writes Hess. The latter one, for example, amounts to blaming the victim. "These messages instruct women that they are to blame for being sexually exploited because they dared to express themselves sexually in private and in consensual contexts," writes Hess.

Two tweets on the theme:

  • Lena Dunham: "The 'don't take naked pics if you don't want them online' argument is the 'she was wearing a short skirt' of the web," writes the creator of HBO's Girls.
  • Farhad Manjoo: "I’ve never heard anyone respond to financial hacking by saying, Just don’t use online banking. That’s what you get for using credit cards," writes the New York Times tech columnist.
Telling her to laugh it off or "own it" is offensive, too, writes Samantha Allen at the Daily Beast. In fact, Lawrence's initial response is just right: She's angry about having her privacy violated and intends to pursue the hackers legally. "Just because she’s America’s Sweetheart doesn’t mean she can’t seek justice as well," writes Allen. "If anything, Lawrence’s hardline stance on this photo theft should be just as endearing as the fact that she ate a Philly cheesesteak instead of a salad on Oscar night." She is "reacting authentically in the face of a public that expects actresses to be superhuman." (More Jennifer Lawrence stories.)

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