Jennifer Lawrence has responded to the issue that probably should have never been an issue to begin with, but here we are.
She took to Facebook on Wednesday, writing, "Wow. I don't really know where to get started on this 'Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing dress in the cold' controversy. This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended."
She went on to say it was her choice not to cover up with a coat for the "Red Sparrow" cast photo. "That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I'm going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf?" she wrote. "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."
People spent more time being outraged on her behalf than she spent out in the cold in the first place, and to such a degree that Lawrence felt compelled to comment publicly to defend her decision. As a staunch activist and supporter of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Lawrence finds this whole non-controversy problematic in a world where there are real problems that need to be addressed.
"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. It's creating silly distractions from real issues," she wrote.
She went so far as to call the public outcry over what she chose to wear, or not wear, sexist. "This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism," she wrote. "Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THAT'S MY CHOICE TOO!"
The woman who first tweeted the suggestion that the photo represented subtle sexism also responded to Lawrence's response on Wednesday, tweeting, "I disagree with the idea that 'anything a woman chooses to do' = feminism." She also pointed out that she doesn't think the whole thing is that big of an issue, though she did continue to tweet about it all day yesterday, with more followups today.
Let's be honest, the whole cycle of this is revealing & depressing. One offhand remark is treated like a MAJOR INTERVENTION because it enables ti to become a) viral news fodder featuring endless pix of JLaw; b) an excuse for lots of men to shout at women for being "oversensitive'
Apparently, "WarmCoatGate" is even bigger than Jennifer Lawrence, and some are determined to make it an issue even if she doesn't want it to be. And we all thought -- including her! -- that it was simply a fashion choice she made in the moment. Fools, all of us.