WTF? American Hustle director David O'Russell should be SHUNNED for his Jennifer Lawrence outburst

‘Are you freaking kidding me?’

Yep, that was my knee-jerk reaction when I heard David O’Russell‘s outburst on Jennifer Lawrence and The Hunger Games.

If you’ve missed the scandal this is what happened:

Shame director Steve McQueen has been landing international plaudits for his new film 12 Years a Slave – a moving and provocative portrayal of slavery in the American south.

Its star Chiwetel Ejiofor has been tipped for Oscar glory and it’s started a worldwide conversation about its parallels with modern slavery and the plague of people trafficking we have today.

Meanwhile however American Hustle director David O’Russell felt the true story of Solomon Northup was actually more similar to…um…oh yes…Jennifer Lawrence’s multi-million-pound deal to star in four hit blockbuster Hunger Games films.

No, I’m not joking.

Speaking about Jennifer at the Australian Academy’s AACTA Awards on Friday, David said: ‘I’ll tell you what it is about that girl [Jennifer] – talk about 12 years of slavery, that’s what the franchise is.’

Now I love David’s films. American Hustle is fantastic and Silver Linings Playbook is a sensitive discussion of mental illness in the modern world.

But what the hell was David thinking with this comment?

For a start, if playing Katniss and living the life of a Hollywood It girl is slavery, please come get me now. I’ll even send my address and provide my own chains.

But on a serious note, I find it so very very sad that someone with such intelligence and depth (as his films would imply) would make a pun so trivial at the expense of a film that has really tried to make a serious point – not only to face up to the horrors we put each other through in the past, but to think about what goes unquestioned now.

There’s enough ignorance in the world without David adding to it (and I’m not just talking about the girl sat next to me in the cinema who thought they’d never been slavery in Britain).

What next? – Shall we claim Argo genius Ben Affleck has got a ‘Long walk to Freedom‘ before he’s released from his new Batman franchise?

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