PAY ATTENTION: It must be more than a little frustrating answering questions to a man clearly as interested in his phone as you.
PAY ATTENTION: It must be more than a little frustrating answering questions to a man clearly as interested in his phone as you. Alastair Grant

OPINION: Two sides to Lawrence rap

APPARENTLY Jennifer Lawrence is rude to journalists.

For those who missed it, Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence last week made headlines for supposedly being rude to a journalist in a post-ceremony press conference.

More specifically, when asked a question by this journalist while he was still on his phone, Lawrence replied with: "You can't live your life on your phone, bro."

How…rude?

Only, it got worse.

When this poor journalist asked how it felt to win the Oscar, the disgraceful Jennifer Lawrence again attacked him: "We're at the Golden Globes… If you put your phone down, you'd know that."

Yes, definitely…rude?

See, even with me trying to make this all sound worse than it actually was, I'm not so sure the young actress has really done anything wrong.

Sure, she may have showed a little cheek in her responses.

Perhaps in some people's eyes she even crossed the line just a tad.

That said, it must be more than a little frustrating answering questions to a man clearly as interested in his phone as you, and who clearly doesn't know where he is.

Some commentators even went as far as saying she was racist to single him out, as the reporter in question was from overseas.

But I don't care if you're from a different country, a different planet or a different universe; if you're a journalist reporting on entertainment from the Golden Globes…you should probably at least be aware of where you are.

As a boy, I had the honour of playing at half time at Wallabies legend Tim Horan's final Test.

Only, I didn't know it was an honour at the time.

Interviewed on national radio before the game, I made a monumental fool of my eight-year-old self by asking: "Who's Tim Horan?"

To be fair, I was an eight-year-old, and I was (am) an idiot.

The main difference is that this guy asks questions for a living.

So, just why do we leap on the attack against Jennifer Lawrence so swiftly?

Actors - well, successful ones - are generally wealthy, good-looking and - well, err - successful.

I'm an actor, but I'm not a successful one.

So it therefore goes without saying that I'm not wealthy or good-looking either.

The point is, we need to stop obsessing ourselves with this preconceived fantasy notion that if someone is successful, wealthy and good-looking, they are automatically a bad person.

I don't know Jennifer Lawrence, so for all I know, all of those nay-sayers could be absolutely right about her off-screen demeanour.

However, that doesn't mean we should assume she is as rude as they all think.

Call me naive, but I like to subscribe to the ideology that people are generally good.

So I'm certainly not going to assume those nay-sayers are right.

If we condemn all celebrities as soon as they show a bit of personality, we may not have that personality for much longer.

And "you can't live your life like that, bro".


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