Jennifer Lawrence addressed the controversy of a photo she and her co-stars posed for in London to promote her latest film "Red Sparrow." A few noticed that while her all-male co-stars were dressed for colder weather, Ms. Lawrence was dressed to the nines in a revealing Versace gown. Some assumed that Lawrence was somehow coerced or forced to wear the gown while her co-stars got to dress relatively casually in comparison. She was quick to clarify that this wasn't the case.
FWIW, Jennifer Lawrence (!) has responded to WarmCoatGate. I disagree with the idea that "anything a woman chooses to do" = feminism. Also, I felt like the whole "Jeremy Irons in chaps business" was a clue I don't think this is the biggest issue facing the world... pic.twitter.com/WSeYPP0qRV— Helen Lewis (@helenlewis) February 21, 2018
As many feminists would say in regards to clothing, it's not telling women what they should wear, but endowing women with the freedom to wear any outfit they please. As usual, Twitter had feelings.
Here’s an idea... Stop telling beautiful woman how to behave.— David Lowry (@lowry19) February 21, 2018
The fact that what she is wearing is a major talking point for you and your politics is bizarre. And you manage justify your bizarre concern for another woman’s choice in outfit as feminist dialogue by... I’m sorry, how?— Brittany Ortiz (@BritStan) February 21, 2018
Also just an FYI for anyone not up North, 48 degrees is not “cold”— Jessica Grace (@RedHeadedWriter) February 21, 2018
She’s not a baby. She’s an adult woman. She’s fine
Maybe equality isn't dictated by your (superficial) looks/clothing, but rather by your inner drive, capabilities and attitudes/actions toward others..— Sheila V. Brennan (@SheilaB_IDC) February 21, 2018
Some clarified that while the outfit was Lawrence's choice, that choice was still informed by sexist standards.
Jennifer Lawrence, all on her own, does not get to define sexism. It's a collective project. Not the biggest issue facing the world, but part of the problem.— Elizabeth Pickett (@ElizPickett) February 21, 2018
Jennifer Lawrence’s self-centered white “choice feminism” is really sad, though no big surprise. The idea that her well-compensated feelings on the matter are immaterial to the problem of the material conditions of women is beyond her.— Miriam Heddy (@miri_iron) February 21, 2018
I don’t really know where to start either. If she wants to wear a dress that looks out of place in a photo with people appropriately dressed for the weather, she gets to. Even as silly as it seems.— KatGram (@Gram_Kat) February 21, 2018
Others were like, "???????"
Right?! I’m kinda disappointed that she gave even a single second of her time addressing this.— Candy Slice (@Katie73012887) February 21, 2018
While opinions are rampant, one thing seems clear: J-Law won't be changing for anyone.