Jennifer Lawrence may have alienated a significant portion of her fans and done damage to her brand as well with some ill-advised remarks that she made during a recent interview with Vogue.
The “Hunger Games” star just kicked off a promotional media junket for two upcoming movies in which she holds starring roles.
The films being released in the next two months are a supposed final sequel in the “Hunger Games” franchise, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” and another of director David O. Russell’s award-seeking vehicles, “Joy.”
During the Vogue interview, which is part of a cover story for the publication, Lawrence shares some thoughts with the article’s writer, Jonathan Van Meter.
The Oscar winner touches on a wide variety of topics including her difficulties with the dating scene and her delight with new Beverly Hills neighbors Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.
For some reason Lawrence saw fit to venture on to controversial political and religious terrain during the interview.
She spoke of a “lady who makes me [Lawrence] embarrassed to be from Kentucky,” to which Van Meter asked whether she was referring to Kim Davis, the Kentucky County Clerk who took a position against issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
At the mere mention of Davis, Lawrence emphatically stated, “Don’t even say her name in this house . . . all those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking they’re fighting the good fight. I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are."
It is yet to be seen whether referring in such an offensive manner to a symbol that is held sacred by so many will estrange Lawrence’s otherwise devoted fans.
Not quite finished, though, she went on to potentially alienate an even broader segment of her admirers with a betrayal of her own red-state background by delving into the upcoming presidential election, and one candidate in particular.
As an apparent means of introducing the actress’s politicking, Van Meter wrote in the Vogue article about the “rabble-rousing spirit in Lawrence that gets stirred up when certain subjects are broached.”
“I was raised a Republican,” Lawrence admitted. “But I just can’t imagine supporting a party that doesn’t support women’s basic rights. It’s 2015 and gay people can get married and we think that we’ve come so far, so, yay! But have we? I don’t want to stay quiet about that stuff."
Lawrence is then quoted as saying something that she ended up repeating to a reporter from Entertainment Weekly. “My view on the election is pretty cut-and-dried: If Donald Trump is president of the United States, it will be the end of the world. And he’s also the best thing to happen to the Democrats ever,” Lawrence said.
According to Forbes magazine, Lawrence has already achieved a massive amount of success at the young age of 25.
She is, at the moment, the highest paid actress in the world, receiving an annual income of $52 million.
Lawrence told her Vogue interviewer that although she used to dread the periods in which she had no acting work, she now enjoys the time in between projects.
“Downtime is normally the bane of my existence. It makes me depressed, not relaxed,” Lawrence said.
“But I was actually enjoying myself this time,” she added. “I've got a bunch of friends who live really close, thank God. And I’ve made friends with Mila and Ashton, two doors down. They’re awesome. I go over there uninvited. They’re probably getting pretty sick of me.”
It could be that coming up Lawrence will be in for some self-inflicted downtime.
After all, success in the movie business is a tenuous thing.
Running down devotees from your home state along with people of faith and those who happen to hold politically divergent views is not the best way to maintain your fan base.
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.
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