“I was in a wetsuit for this whole shoot – oh my god, they were so good for butt itching!”
Jennifer Lawrence recently shared her bawdy tale about shooting The Hunger Games in Hawaii with the BBC. The controversy this sparked was not down to the colourful language she used in telling the story however, but to her seeming disregard for the sacred nature of the “rocks” on which she “scratched her butt”.
“They were… sacred… rocks,” said Lawrence. “I dunno, they were ancestors, who knows – they were sacred.”
“And you’re not supposed to sit on them, because you’re not supposed to expose your genitalia to them.”
In a scoffing tone, and between taking sips from her glass of wine, Lawrence also joked about the locals’ reaction to the incident. “The Hawaiians were like, ‘Oh, my god, it’s the curse!’ and I’m in the corner going, ‘I’m your curse. I wedged it lose with my ass.’”
Removing or disturbing the volcanic rocks is known locally as “Pele’s curse”, and is thought to bring bad luck.
However, for Lawrence, the real curse was unleashed online. Soon after a clip of her interview from BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show went viral, social media was ablaze with users condemning the actress for her lack of respect.
Lawrence, currently promoting her new film Passengers, responded to critics by saying “I really thought that I was being self-deprecating… but I understand the way it was perceived was not funny and I apologise if I offended anyone.”.