this very good article on the jennifer lawrence backlash is almost a week old and i’m sorry i didn’t see it until today. there also was a good discussion today on slate’s xx factor blog that makes some further good points. also relevant (and sadder) but not discussed is kim novak.
after the oscars last sunday i met up with some friends at norm’s. unsurprisingly, at some point the topic of jennifer lawrence falling on the red carpet came up. however, i was totally surprised at how generally displeased the reaction was to that seemingly innocuous incident…i mean are we that cynical now that we’d honestly believe she’d been coached to fall?
still i had to consider whether it was time for me, as a large shareholder of jennifer lawrence stock (NASDAQ: JLAW), to immediately short-sell it, or risk being left the greatest fool and losing my shirt. but then i thought about it some more and was like, seriously who am i kidding? i love jennifer lawrence - i wish she could make five more movies and i would want to watch them all right now.
anyway the larger point is, i’m really loving all the counter-backlash to the backlash. i love that we now live in a world where michael sam and jason collins can come out and receive generally positive responses. and in the days following the michael sam announcement i was prowling the internet, expectant for troll pieces, and honestly didn’t really find any. i’m sure the stodgy old people were out there, but i think they knew better than to speak out and face the wrath of a thousand bloggers. i love this direction that society/technology are heading where you’re going to have a lot of smart and vocal people out to call out people out on their shit, and where it’s not okay to just be misogynistic or homophobic. i’m cautiously optimistic think we’re making real progress here. and maybe even IRL we can stop cut it with all the stupid misogynistic and homophobic shit we say, of which i am the greatest offender.
so hate on all you haters. as the great benjamin graham wrote (paraphrasing), in the short run stocks are like a voting machine but in the long run they’re like a weighing machine. i’m buying long.