Skip To Content
    Updated on Aug 23, 2020. Posted on May 22, 2014

    Jennifer Lawrence Made A "Rape Joke" And A Lot Of People Are "Outraged"

    A reporter allegedly overheard JLaw making a "rape joke" and wrote about it on the internet. Everyone is now mad. Allegedly.

    A reporter for Vulture "just happened to be passing by" Jennifer Lawrence at the Vanity Fair Cannes Film Festival party, when she apparently overheard Jennifer Lawrence MAKING A RAPE JOKE.

    She said that when Lawrence spotted director Alfonso Cuarón, she started screaming, and then told him, "I broke out my rape scream for you!"

    E Online / Via victorsvillage.com

    The reporter said Lawrence then started "shaking her head like a crazed fan, or a woman in distress, into his face". Cuarón "seemed quite pleased".

    After learning of this "joke", some people are outraged that their (sometimes) feminist hero, Jennifer Lawrence, had made a rape joke.

    Via bopandtigerbeat.com

    Or a joke about rape. Or described a scream as a "rape scream".

    Some have defended her:

    It appears the Jennifer Lawrence back lash has begun. Because god forbid we can just relax and enjoy a wonderful woman.

    Jameela Jamil@jameelajamil

    It appears the Jennifer Lawrence back lash has begun. Because god forbid we can just relax and enjoy a wonderful woman.

    4:30 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    so Jennifer Lawrence made a rape joke and everyone is kicking off about it - it doesnt mean she condones it!

    sabrina bainbridge@sabrinaa_b

    so Jennifer Lawrence made a rape joke and everyone is kicking off about it - it doesnt mean she condones it!

    5:25 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    For others, this has only confirmed that they don't like her:

    I KNEW I DIDNT LIKE HER FOR A REASON - Hey, Jennifer Lawrence, rape jokes aren't cool. http://t.co/Mol7CfTiAb via @holymoly

    Jasmine Cope@jasmineeec

    I KNEW I DIDNT LIKE HER FOR A REASON - Hey, Jennifer Lawrence, rape jokes aren't cool. http://t.co/Mol7CfTiAb via @holymoly

    12:43 PM - 21 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    jennifer lawrence made a rape joke that she's not apologising for. the last thing i needed right now was another reason to dislike her.

    hayley@deveIopments

    jennifer lawrence made a rape joke that she's not apologising for. the last thing i needed right now was another reason to dislike her.

    12:33 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And for some, there is NO EXCUSE and they are AS MAD AS THEY'VE EVER BEEN:

    jennifer lawrence can joke about her "lack of filter" all she wants but that doesn't excuse a rape joke

    poor salsa@gemmadoyles

    jennifer lawrence can joke about her "lack of filter" all she wants but that doesn't excuse a rape joke

    11:07 PM - 21 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    IM SO MAD ABOUT THE JLAW RAPE JOKE AND I'M EVEN MORE MAD ABOUT PEOPLE DEFENDING IT

    Stephie@munrofosho

    IM SO MAD ABOUT THE JLAW RAPE JOKE AND I'M EVEN MORE MAD ABOUT PEOPLE DEFENDING IT

    12:17 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Others are more concerned about the sexist elements of the "backlash":

    So why has JLaw been bashed for privately making a rape joke, and Martin Freeman public joke was ignored? His was arguably more detrimental

    Gooble Gobble@SkeletorKat

    So why has JLaw been bashed for privately making a rape joke, and Martin Freeman public joke was ignored? His was arguably more detrimental

    10:54 AM - 21 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Many outraged journalists are demanding Lawrence apologise, citing the other problematic things she's done in the past.

    As a writer at Bustle wrote, "This time, J. Law needs to sack up and apologize for her off-hand and off-color comment. Just because she's the most GIF-able celebrity of the moment doesn't earn her a free pass to make light of something so painful. Candor is one thing; ignorance is another."

    Perez Hilton even did a poll to measure just how outraged people were.

    Via perezhilton.com

    Except 69% of the site's 9,000-plus pollsters thought it wasn't a big deal.

    Perhaps — just perhaps — a rape joke supposedly overheard by a reporter isn't quite enough to whip up a full-on, proper Twitterstorm.

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form