Director David O. Russell got into trouble this week when he compared leading lady Jennifer Lawrence’s work on The Hunger Games to slavery. He was talking to the NY Daily News about his favorite young ingenue and how he worries about her health because she works too hard playing Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games movies. He says, “I personally think they should give her a bit of breathing room over there because they’re printing money.” Then he just couldn’t shut the fuck about about the persecution she faces:
“I’ll tell you what it is about that girl — talk about 12 years of slavery, that’s what the franchise is. And I’m going to get in so much trouble for saying that.”
You don’t really get in trouble for saying stupid shit, people just think you’re stupid. I’m sure that young Ms. Lawrence works long hours filming The Hunger Games, it isn’t exactly fucking slavery is it? Most cotton slaves didn’t get paid $10 million to play dress up and learn a few lines to mouth out. I do think many slaves lived in hotel rooms and had private trailers and fresh veggie platters with hummus, but they definitely didn’t get paid the ten mill. David O. Russell needs to learn that errant and idiotic analogies to slavery are best left to pandering civil rights leaders and cable talk show hosts. If he wants to help, he could convinced Jennifer to take her top off in his next film. From goat to hero just like that.