PETA Fires Back At Jennifer Lawrence After “Screw PETA” Comment
10:00 am, April 11th | by Laura Donovan
We’ve told you time and time again how much we worship “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, but PETA doesn’t seem to hold the same opinion of the 21-year-old Kentucky native, who recently said “Screw PETA” to Rolling Stone magazine.
Lawrence, whose character had to skin a squirrel in the highly-acclaimed movie, “Winter’s Bone,” told the publication of the traumatic scene, “I should say it wasn’t real, for PETA. But screw PETA.” Lawrence’s castmate said the actress “screamed pretty loud when it was done,” but PETA was unimpressed with her comment nonetheless. President Ingrid Newkirk told Gothamist of Lawrence:
“She’s young and the plight of animals somehow hasn’t yet touched her heart. As Henry David Thoreau said, ‘The squirrel you kill in jest, dies in earnest.’ We are told that this squirrel was hit by a car, but when people kill animals, it is the animals who are ‘screwed,’ not PETA, and one day I hope she will try to make up for any pain she might cause any animal who did nothing but try to eke out a humble existence in nature.”
I’m all for PETA’s efforts to save abused and unhealthy animals, but Lawrence was a mere teenager during the filming of “Winter’s Bone” and was just doing her job. It was pretty early in her career, and beggers can’t exactly be choosers when it comes to big breaks in the entertainment industry. While Lawrence, who has a reputation for cursing like a sailor and saying whatever she wants, could have demonstrated more eloquence when talking about PETA, she was following directions on set. If anyone deserves blame over the squirrel, it’s the directors, not Lawrence. I hate this saying, but don’t hate the player, hate the game.