- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Jennifer Lawrence hit back at critics Wednesday after she was scrutinized for wearing a revealing dress in 40-degree weather.

Twitter erupted after photos showed Ms. Lawrence in London, posing in a black Versace gown and strappy heels next to “Red Sparrow” director Francis Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons, who were all wearing long pants, coats and boots. Users criticized the expectations that women in Hollywood have to fulfill while their male counterparts don’t have to try nearly as hard.

Ms. Lawrence responded on Facebook Wednesday morning, saying the criticism is “utterly ridiculous” and the antithesis of feminism.

“Wow. I don’t really know where to get started on this ‘Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing dress in the cold’ controversy,” the 27-year-old Oscar winner wrote. “This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended. That Versace dress was 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.

“This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism,” she continued. “Over-reacting 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. 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 THATS MY CHOICE TOO!”

Ms. Lawrence, one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, recently announced that she’s taking a year off from acting in order to pursue a career in activism.

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