For coming off as pretty humble and good-natured in most of her interviews, Jennifer Lawrence has stirred up quite a bit of controversy since rising to A-list status with The Hunger Games.
First, there was the criticism of her physique from Twitter haters, now it seems J-Law has found another unlikely opponent in PETA. The lunatic fringe group disguised as an animal rights organization has attacked Jen over remarks she made in a recent Rolling Stone interview. The offending statement? “Screw PETA.”
The remark stems from Jen’s Oscar-nominated role in 2010’s Winter’s Bone. The film features a scene in which her character skins a squirrel which, in keeping with federal law, was not killed for the movie and was, in fact, dead before filming began. Jennifer commented that she refused to pretend the squirrel was fake just to appease PETA. Naturally, they got all pissed off about this, as they do about everything.
“She’s young, and the plight of animals somehow hasn’t yet touched her heart,” said PETA president Ingrid Newkirk, presumably with a straight face. “When people kill animals, it is the animals who are ‘screwed,’ not PETA.”
Look, I’m not advocating killing squirrels, but I have to disagree with that statement. When the entire purpose of your organization is to shame the whole world into going vegan, you’re definitely “screwed.”