Jennifer Lawrence has said she thinks “it should be illegal to call someone fat on TV”, after red carpet criticism of her own figure.
Speaking to Barbara Walters, Jennifer Lawrence, 23, added: “Because why is humiliating people funny?”
Jennifer Lawrence said she was worried about how the media’s attitude affected young people.
The actress features in Barbara Walters’ series The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013.
“I get it, and I do it too, we all do it,” Jennifer Lawrence told Barbara Walters.
“[But] the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool,” the actress said.
“So all of the sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that’s wearing an ugly dress. And the word fat! I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV.”
She added: “I mean, if we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”
Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Oscar earlier this year for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, has previously spoken out against gossip magazines and TV shows such as E!’s Fashion Police, presented by Joan Rivers, which criticize the way women look.
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