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Stop Praising Jennifer Lawrence For Being A B*tch

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Stars, they're just like us! Every time I see another headline about Jennifer Lawrence, J. Law, or whatever fangirl-induced nickname she's going by these days, I'm reminded of that ridiculous Us Weekly column that's been around since the dawn of time. Look, Meryl isn't wearing make-up! She's just like us! Pam Anderson was spotted picking up her doggie's poop! She's just like us!

When Lawrence not so gracefully tumbled up the stairs to accept her award for Best Actress in 2013 for her performance in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, I admittedly participated in the global swooning over the starlet. She dealt with the ordeal with humour and grace, so naturally her fan base blew up.

Skip to the 2014 Academy Awards where Lawrence was once again nominated, this time for a supporting role in Russell's 1970s crime drama American Hustle. As the TV cameras turned to capture her arrival onto the red carpet, whoopsie daisies, she does it again! Tripping on her dress, laughing it off, and once again making headlines despite losing to Lupita Nyong'o.

I know I'm not the only one who thought it seemed a little calculated, but I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. Maybe she's just really, really clumsy. Or, a PR genius, but I digress.

Here we are again, on the heels of this week's Oscar nom announcements where Lawrence has been nominated an astounding third time for a performance in one of Russell's films (totalling four Oscar nominations). Which makes me wonder, if it weren't for the plum roles he keeps writing her, would she be counted among the nominees at all this year?

I've always found it interesting how her star power would go up the more immature and crass she behaved during public appearances and interviews, but I never felt compelled to write about it. Until a clip of her reaction to a struggling journalist surfaced this week following Sunday's Golden Globes, where Lawrence took home the trophy for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.

If you haven't seen the viral clip, Lawrence unfairly berates a journalist for holding up his phone while asking her a question.

"You can't live your whole life behind your phone, bro," lectured Lawrence, while wagging her finger at the reporter. " You can't do that. You got to live in the now, you know?"

The awkward silence that followed confirms no one in the pressroom understood what she was on about.

Then the reporter makes another attempt to ask his question, something related to the upcoming Academy Awards, and is once again interrupted by Lawrence.

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

I can appreciate why, to most people, it would seem obvious that the reporter was in the wrong, but if you listen to the clip, clearly English is not this fellow's first language. Chances are he was reading off a notepad app on his iPhone, something I can say from experience is common practice these days. I've covered a red carpet or two, and I can tell you first hand more journalists are using smartphones to capture interview coverage than the old notepad-handheld-recorder combo.

Also, most celebrities are used to it! During a red carpet ceremony at the Toronto International Film Festival a few years ago, I interviewed Jane Fonda while simultaneously filming her and she didn't bat an eye. J. Law, though, is a titch sensitive about it, it would seem.

Of course, almost immediately her squad came to the rescue like this Facebook post from friend and fellow Oscar darling Anne Hathaway. While I still think Lawrence was doing her best to be the cool, don't-give-two-fucks girl her fans have grown to love, I will give her props for having some of the funniest and most talented girlfriends ever.

Sorry J.Law, but I'll be cheering on Brie Larson come Oscar night. And I bet she won't have to throw daggers at the press to make headlines the next day.