The actress found herself in some hot water! Jennifer Lawrence complained that BAFTA host Joanna Lumley’s compliments were ‘a bit much,’ and people slammed her for being rude. Now, the star explained her point of view.
When Jennifer was introduced by Joanna at the prestigious event, she said: ‘And we start with the award for Outstanding British Film and who’s better to kick the evening off than the hottest actress on the planet. Soon to be in Red Sparrow, it is the ravishing Jennifer Lawrence.’
As Lawrence stepped to the podium and took the mic, she stated: ‘Hi. That was a bit much, but thank you, Joanna.’
Rather than seeing this as modesty, the internet went crazy over her response, calling her rude for not accepting the compliment!
But let’s be serious – should she have acknowledged that she is the ‘actual embodiment of perfection in the industry?’
We’re sure people would have thought she was super conceited in that situation.
Lawrence defended herself on Magic Radio Breakfast Show saying: ‘Everyone thought I was being rude. But to be fair, I could not have just walked out after she was like, ‘biggest movie star in the world!’ If I had just walked out and gone ‘thank you, Joanna,’ it would’ve been like, ‘so you agree? You think you are really pretty!’’
Exactly what I just said! Why wasn’t her intention evident to more people?
Besides, Jennifer also revealed that Joanna was aware of the joke.
‘She went on and said these really nice things about me and then when I got up, I was like ‘that was a bit much’ after I had just spent all backstage telling her how to be super nice to me. I was not being rude, it was an inside joke.’
Unfortunately, social media did not get the joke.
‘How rude was Jennifer Lawrence to Joanna Lumley? #EEBAFTAs,’ one user wrote.
‘Wow, seriously Lawrence needs to lighten the F up. Joanna Lumley gave you a compliment calling you ravishing, and you knocked her back like a stuck up cow. Take the compliment. Ungrateful much! I would love a compliment from Lumley #EEBAFTAs,’ another tweeted! So harsh!
‘Never liked Jennifer Lawrence. (Joan Rivers was right when she nicknamed her ‘Miss Arrogance’) and she was rude to Joanna Lumley last night. I think she meant hottest as in most in demand not in looks. Either way, Jennifer came off as a stuck-up brat.’
Thankfully, there were people who, even without knowing it was an inside joke, still read the situation the same way as we at Celebrity Insider did.
‘Puzzled by everyone accusing Jennifer Lawrence of being rude to Joanna Lumley. She introduced her as being the ‘hottest actress on the planet’ and ‘ravishing.’ Jennifer laughed and modestly described the compliment as a ‘bit much’ but thanked her for it. How is that rude?’