Jennifer Lawrence slams ‘sexist,’ ‘ridiculous’ dress controversy


Jennifer Lawrence has responded after facing criticism for wearing a sleek black dress in cold weather — and she's not mincing words.

The Oscar winner, 27, slammed the backlash as "sexist," "ridiculous" and "not feminism" in a lengthy Facebook post that explained the decision to wear the Versace dress in spite of chilly temperatures was entirely her choice.

Lawrence was in London Tuesday to promote her upcoming film "Red Sparrow." During a photocall, she posed for pictures outside alongside her male co-stars Francis Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons, all of whom were bundled up in coats.

"Wow. I don't really know where to get started on this 'Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing dress in the cold' controversy," the star wrote on Facebook. "This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended."

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Lawrence did not specify to whom she was referring, but critics included British journalist Helen Lewis, who called the image "quietly depressing."

"This is such a quietly depressing (and revealing) image. Not least because I've been outside today and it's bloody FREEZING," she wrote. "True equality means either Jennifer Lawrence getting a coat, or Jeremy Irons having to pose for a photocall in a--less chaps."

"At least the guys look really embarrassed," British journalist Alexandra Frean added.

Meanwhile, the actress said her decision to show off the Versace dress was a no-brainer, since it was so "fabulous."

"You think I'm going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf? I was outside for 5 minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice," she wrote. ""This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism."

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She added that nitpicking her every move is part of the problem in preventing women from moving forward, something she's heavily advocated for in the past.

"Overreacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward," she wrote. "It's creating silly distractions from real issues. Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THAT'S MY CHOICE TOO!"

Lawrence is a vocal supporter of the Time's Up initiative, which is helping to combat sexual harassment, and has attended many marches, including last month's 2018 Women's March in Los Angeles.