Brownshirt Idiots Gang Up On Russell

Of course Jennifer Lawrence is tied to the Hunger Games franchise like a slave! A very rich slave but a slave nonetheless. I laughed when I read American Hustle‘s David O. Russell had made this analogy. She took the money of her own free will, of course, and in so doing agreed to submit to the needs of the franchise until it finishes. To me this is a somewhat amusing, perfectly acceptable way to describe what Lawrence is going through; ditto with the X-Men franchise. But leave it to the politically correct brownshirt morons to complain and make a stink about Russell’s remark, for which he has now “apologized.”

Russell’s statement of contrition: “Clearly, I used a stupid analogy in a poor attempt at humor. I realized it the minute I said it and I am truly sorry.”

If I were Russell I would also agree to be whipped, bareback, in a public place as soon as possible.

I would also add the following to Russell’s apology: “The word ‘slavery’ can never be and should never be used in a non-literal fashion. It can only be used if the speaker is referring to actual slavery as it existed in the United States in the 19th century and in other cultures around the world, going back to the ancient Egyptians enslaving the Hebrews. It can never, EVER be used as a metaphor or a figure of speech. I was very arrogant and insensitive to use this term. The word has has one use and one use only.”

I’m so glad Russell said this before I did. You never know, I might have written something down the road about being a slave to my column. I’ve been writing Hollywood Elsewhere for almost ten years, and for previous incarnations starting in October ’98 — over 15 years a slave. Whoops!

Russell initially told the N.Y. Daily News the following on 1.10: “I personally think they should give [Lawrence] a bit of breathing room over there because they’re printing money. But she’s a very alive person. I’ll tell you what it is about that girl — talk about 12 years of slavery, that’s what the franchise is. And I’m going to get in so much trouble for saying that.”

Russell compared The Hunger Games franchise to a “hamster wheel,” and noted that Lawrence tries to take on more artistic roles as a “vacation” between more commercial films.

“I’m surprised that a director of David Russell’s calibre doesn’t appear to have taken the time to watch 12 Years a Slave or else he wouldn’t have been so glib with his comparisons,” Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International told the Daily Mail.

“Indeed if he’s interested I would invite him to join me in visiting India or Nepal to see what real contemporary slavery looks like. Working up to 12 hours a day in a brick kiln for nearly nothing, living in squalid conditions and not being able to leave –- that’s real slavery.”

There are guys dressed in white suits and carrying fish nets who are looking all over London for McQuade as we speak.

  • Aaron Paul’s Tuxedo

    Apart from a single relatively benign tweet in that article (that may have come from someone who has stronger feelings about Jennifer Lawrence than about slavery), I’m not seeing much of a ruckus here.

    Maybe it will come. Those who make money off this stuff can hope.

  • Mr. F.

    If David O. Russell had a sense of humor, he would have ended his attempted joke with the phrase “Hellooooo? Is this thing on?!”

  • Zach

    I agree that the whole thing is moronic and he shouldn’t have been guilted into apologizing (the fact that he was able to predict the controversy underscores the absurdity of it)… but to play devil’s advocate, by phrasing it as such: “talk about 12 years of slavery, that’s what the franchise is,” he IS drawing a comparison – however subtle or unintentional – to that particular type of slavery.

    • Mr. F.

      Good point.

      Also, given that he’s saying Lawrence is an unlucky young woman who’s been forced to participate in simulated acts of violence for the entertainment of the masses… there’s a more interesting comparison he could have made.

      • Aaron Paul’s Tuxedo

        You mean Randy the Ram, right?

        • Mr. F.

          The only place Lawrence gets hurt is out there.

          • Aaron Paul’s Tuxedo

            She just doesn’t want you to hate her.

  • Glenn Kenny

    If Russell has read the above I think his reaction has to be, “With friends like these…”

    • Awardsdaily

      You made me do a spit take.

  • Awardsdaily

    It’s no different from saying something like “it was like being in a concentration camp.” It’s not worth getting so upset over this – he was trying to be funny. It’s not the first and it won’t be the last 12 Years a Slave joke.

  • Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb

    Russell is just peeved that his new favorite actress has commitments that take precedence over / don’t involve him.

    And a guide for the helpless: General metaphors involving slavery = OK; Comparing something to a specific, and horrific, act of slavery = not OK.

    Oh, and American Hustle kinda sucked.

    • RG2RG

      Nailed it. Remember she cancelled her vacation to do American Hustle after he begged her to. So who’s the slavedriver?

    • Brian Bouton

      To be fair, Russell was thinking of the shoes JLAW was forced to wear when making the comparison with antebellum slavery. Seriously, when you are running for your life, you take a moment to wear some nice shoes—especially when the whole thing is being filmed for your nation’s televised Hunger Games.

  • RG2RG

    I called this today when Jeff tore into Amy Poehler: “He’ll defend David O. Russell, who WASN’T joking.” Thanks for being so consistent!

  • Correcting Jeff

    Wait- after wasting all those words chastising Amy Poehler for making a slavery joke, you DEFEND Russell for making a slavery joke?

    Oh, wait– YOU are joking here. This post is a joke, an example of what you REALLY find funny. Ha ha, good one, you had us going there for a moment!

  • Hollis Mulwray

    Martin Bashir should shit in his mouth.

  • George Prager

    Remember that Michael Keaton refused to make another shitty Batman movie and it fucked up his career.
    Lawrence is like the rock star in Privilege. It’s like the military entertainment complex is counting on her making more of these shitty movies as long as they make money.

  • Little Jake

    It’s the media that makes people tell bad jokes. The media requires everybody to make statements and to say something-anything all the time, and artists don’t know what to say any more, so they come up with bad jokes. Such was the Lars von Trier controversy about Hitler.

    When you have nothing important to say, you should be silent. And the media should respect that and not poke people all the time about what they think of everything.

    Russell’s swift apology has to do something with his hoping to get an Oscar. I think he wasn’t the likeliest winner this year in the first place. But he shouldn’t worry about the future. After all, the Academy eventually forgave Polanski for something more than just a bad joke.

    • Ray Quick

      Hey dude, can you do us a favor and mention Lars Von Trier about 7 million more fucking times? I don’t think we’ve got the goddamn point in your last 200 posts in the last 6 weeks about LVT and Nymphomaniac.

      • Little Jake

        I didn’t realize people actually read my posts.

        I’ve also mentioned the German comedy Wetlands and the Georgian (unsuccessful) Oscar contender In Bloom quite a few times. I like repeating myself. Repetitio est mater studiorum. Repeating makes remembering important stuff much easier.

  • Brad

    Oh, fuck off Russell! The REASON he could hire Lawrence (who – despite her Oscar nomination – had never been given the lead/co-lead in a studio until Games/SLP) was BECAUSE of the buzz of ‘The Hunger Games’. NO WAY would the studio have given Russell the OK to cast her on the basis of a supporting role in an ‘X-Men’ film or a lead in an independent film that – despite its awards success – no one saw. Russell isn’t the Dardene brothers or Ken Loach: he’s a shameless star-fucker who needs the buzz generated by these franchise films to cast his actors, so he should quit pretending like he’s anything else.

  • joeybot

    I love how people talk about 12 Years a Slave as if it’s some kind of fucking religion.

  • K. Bowen

    I’ll take The Hunger Games over Silver Linings Playbook.

  • Noiresque

    Hey, it was Jennifer Lawrence’s decision has to take time out from the artistic desert of the Hunger Games to make fucking Serena and American Hustle. Poor baby is tired? She can mop her tears with the latest gown included in her Dior contract and take a nap under a quilt of $100 bills.