Anne Hathaway Defends Jennifer Lawrence After Golden Globes Backlash

Anne Hathaway is sticking up for a famous friend – Jennifer Lawrence!

The mom-to-be came to her fellow Oscar winner's defense on Friday, saying that the now-viral Golden Globes exchange between Jennifer and a reporter was misunderstood.

"It's become pretty clear that the Jennifer Lawrence 'scolding' was taken out of context and that she was dryly joking with a journalist who was indeed using his phone to take photos of her," Anne wrote in a message shared on her Facebook page. 

The conversation in question took place backstage at the Jan. 10 ceremony, after Jennifer took home the award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.

After appearing to call out a journalist for focusing on his phone during their interview, the "Joy" star caught flak across social media from those who thought he may have simply been keeping track of his notes. 

"You can't live your whole life behind your phone, bro," Jennifer said at the time, waving her finger. "You can't just do that. You gotta live in the now." 

When the reporter then brought up the Oscars, Jennifer offered another piece of advice.

"We’re at the Golden Globes," she replied, adding, "If you put your phone down, you'd know that."

While some considered Jennifer's conduct "rude" and "entitled," one witness explained the situation on Twitter and claimed Jennifer "did NOT bully" the reporter and that the atmosphere in the room was actually "lighthearted."

Despite the heated reaction toward the incident, Anne urged her followers to look at the bigger picture.

"Let's not continue the sad but common practice of building people – especially women – up just to viciously tear them down when we perceive them to have misstepped," she wrote in her post. "Jennifer is a beautiful, talented, wildly successful, popular, FOUR TIME OSCAR NOMINATED young woman. Please let us not punish her for these things." 

The "Intern" star signed off on a positive note, calling herself "A J-Law fan." 

-- Erin Biglow

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