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Jennifer Lawrence: Fat-shaming people on TV promotes weight-bullying

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Jennifer Lawrence said it should be illegal to fat-shame people on TV because it sends the wrong message to young people and can contribute to poor self-esteem.

Lawrence made the remarks during an interview with Barbara Walters for "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013" TV special.

"I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV," said Jennifer. "Why is humiliating people funny?"

Lawrence, 23, was making a reference to comedian Joan Rivers, who frequently attacks people's weight and fashion style on her TV show, "Fashion Police."

Jennifer said the media should realize they are unwittingly promoting poor self-esteem and weight-bullying with these negative body messages.

"I think the media needs to take responsibility for the effect it has on our younger generation, on these girls that are watching these television shows and picking up how to talk and how to be cool," she said. "So all of a sudden being funny is making fun of a girl that's wearing an ugly dress."

Lawrence, who was fat-shamed earlier in her career, has vowed never to diet just because a film exec tells her to lose weight.

"Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight," Jennifer recalled. "I was a little girl. I was hurt. If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet,’ I’m like, ‘You can go f*ck yourself.’ "

Lawrence said she wants to be a positive fitness role model for her young fans, and said fat-shaming someone can be just as damaging as smoking cigarettes.

"If we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren't we regulating things like calling people fat?" she asked.

Update: Joan Rivers responds to Jennifer Lawrence: 'Grow up!'

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