The GOP just went to war against the top-paid actress in Hollywood, the star of the Hunger Games trilogy as Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence told Vogue in an interview published Wednesday that she was brought up as a Republican but that the GOP’s treatment of women was difficult for her:
“I was raised a Republican but I just can’t imagine supporting a party that doesn’t support women’s basic rights.”
At this point you can say good for her! She called out the Republican Party for its War on Women. Women’s Reproductive Rights are under attack everywhere Republicans hold sway, not only abortion rights, but the right to contraceptives and even to health care through attacks on Planned Parenthood.
She told the magazine,
“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 has a reputation for speaking what’s on her mind, and she did not hold back, and cemented her place as a tough, intelligent young woman, going after both Donald Trump and Kim Davis:
“My view on the election is pretty cut-and-dried,” she told the magazine. “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.”
And Kentucky clerk Kim Davis?
“Kim Davis? Don’t even say her name in this house.”
“[She is a] lady who makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky. 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.”
Needless to say, Republicans are not amused at being called out for their medieval attitudes. The crew at Fox News’ Outnumbered for example, had this to say Friday:
Andrea Tantaros reacted to Lawrence’s words by saying, “Wow, I’m embarrassed for Jennifer Lawrence, I’m embarrassed to be a woman, Harris, to listen to a female spout some idiocy.”
Seeing his cue, Harris Faulkner spouted, “I just — I don’t believe it’s reality.” This is the network, mind, that hosts the GOP’s completely invented reality.
Tantaros answered, “These are pretty dumb remarks.” She then went on to question Lawrence’s First Amendment rights:
“She insulted quite a few people in that rant that she did, Stephen. I just want to know what rights does Jennifer Lawrence not have?”
Stephen Hayes allowed that she had the right to say what she wanted, but said, “If you don’t have anything intelligent to say, you’re better off remaining quiet.”
If Fox News took his advice, you would hear nothing but silence on that channel. Certainly, Andrea Tantaros would be easier to watch. The same holds true over at Red State, which characterized Lawrence’s fight for equal pay for women as a “bratty display from a wealthy youngster.”
Right. Because if you’re a woman and you want to get paid the same as a man for doing the same job, you’re a brat. At every opportunity Republicans seem eager to prove Lawrence’s point, don’t they?
Hilariously – since we say the exact same thing about Tantaros and her crew here at PoliticusUSA, Tantaros concluded that “as long as liberals keep saying dumb stuff, we’re gonna cover it right here on this program.”
Dumb stuff – as in facts. CNS News predictably rant with the headline “Jennifer Lawrence attacks Christians,” which she did not. She attacked medieval attitudes. There are plenty of Christians – most in fact – who agree with Lawrence, as polls demonstrate.
That doesn’t stop the misinformed and vile haters who read this stuff from coming to the fore:
electric123 • 2 hours ago
What this Hollywood Slit says, doesn’t hold a pile of beans to the working class, and she will find out on her own judgment day.
RM • 5 hours ago
Ah yes, another actress who’s whored herself to the devil for the fame and pleasures of this world. Hollyweird is full of those who have sold their souls for this earths fame and pleasures. What a shallow/vapid person, who threw her immortal soul away for a bowl of gruel.
The fact is that Andrea Tantaros and the rest of her ilk at Fox News lie regularly as part of their jobs at Fox News, making being offensive a career. They regularly say dumb things yet call Jennifer Lawrence stupid for telling the simple, undeniable truth that the GOP does not support women’s basic rights.
Tantaros, for example, is the one who, apparently eager to vie with the vapid intellect of Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked during the Rachel Dolezal imbroglio, “If I self-identify as a cat, a feline, do I have to pay income taxes? I mean, I’m just wondering.”
Even Donald Trump has admitted Kim Davis has to obey the law of the land, and recognized that the law of the land happens to be the United States Constitution, not the Bible.
Facts, Andrea Tantaros. In response to facts, all Fox News has are insults. Tantaros made no attempt to prove Lawrence was wrong in any particular. She couldn’t. So she mocked her instead.
Jennifer Lawrence is right. The Republican Party doesn’t respect women’s basic rights. And how could they when they don’t respect women?
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.