Actress Seems To Get Away With Everything While Others ... Not So Much
Jennifer Lawrence is undoubtedly having a moment.With shelves chock-full of awards, the 22-year-old actress has flocks of adoring fans and is even the object of Jack Nicholson's affection. But is this mass adoration skewed? Does Jennifer Lawrence simply get away with the same things that make other celebrities sweat? Let's test this theory:
The Offense: Smoking Weed
Lawrence was spotted smoking a suspicious-looking cigarette on her hotel balcony, mere days after winning an Oscar for Best Actress. Her photos went viral in no time and the support was quick to pour in, with reader comments ranging from "I think that's great!!!!!" to "As if I needed another reason to like her," "You deserve it Jen," "Good for her!" and "Good, now I like her even more!" Even the media refrained from using obvious "Hunger Games" puns, as The Cut pointed out, and went for the dry and informative likes of "Smoking Hot! Jennifer Lawrence Spotted With Suspicious Looking Cigarette In Hawaii" and "Jennifer Lawrence Lets Loose in Hawaii." No shocking headlines, no judgment passed. A week had gone by, and neither the actress nor her reps, have addressed the issue.
A month before Lawrence, snapshots of teen idol Justin Bieber smoking what appeared to be a blunt circulated the Web. It sparked such a controversy that the singer used his platform as "Saturday Night Live" host to apologize for the incident, saying (in character) that "he's really sorry" and "he'll never do it again." Two years earlier, a video of Disney pop tart Miley Cyrus taking a bong hit churned so much backlash (even though it wasn't weed she was smoking, but salvia), the Disney star issued an apology in the pages of Marie Claire. "I'm disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans," Miley said, adding that role models cannot afford to make mistakes. Her father, Billy Ray, tweeted an apology as well.