Uh Oh! Jennifer Lawrence is in big trouble with animal rights organization PETA after an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. We've got the lowdown…
Lawrence was discussing her Oscar-nominated performance in the 2010 acclaimed film Winter's Bone. In the movie she plays a poor teenager who has to take care of her younger siblings and teach them survival skills: In one such scene she is shown skinning a squirrel. Speaking about this in her typically carefree interview style, she joked:
I should say it wasn't real, for PETA. But screw PETA!
Cue a serious lack of humor by PETA. The organization's president told Gothamist:
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.' 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.
We're not condoning the casual killing of squirrels here, just suggesting that PETA probably has bigger fish to fry (not literally, though) than jumping on Jennifer Lawrence for an obvious joke. The squirrel in the scene was already dead, bought from a local hunter so it's really nothing to do with her. The film would have been pretty unrealistic if Lawrence and her onscreen starving family were hardcore vegans surviving on nothing more than grass!