In this over-articulated, politically correct, highly scrutinised world, it’s tough to be a celebrity.
You can’t make a throwaway remark without the possibility arising that you will have to make a very public mea culpa, promise to donate a large part of your fortune to Pizza Eaters Anonymous, or whomever you’ve offended. Also maybe your first-born child.
So when Jennifer Lawrence, 25, described her personal style in an interview with Glamour magazine as “slutty power lesbian”, think-pieces proliferated about just what indeed she meant by that.
Next, New York Magazine‘s The Cut went to a woman the reporter perhaps thought embodied “slutty power lesbian”: Ruby Rose.
Hoping for a fight played out in the media, perhaps, or at the very least a strong condemnation of Lawrence’s thoughtless appropriation of iconic power lesbian stylings, The Cut‘s Veronique Hyland asked Ruby Rose what she thought of Lawrence’s remark.
“I hadn’t heard that quote until you just told me now. But what I do know is that Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing actress and an amazing advocate for women and women’s empowerment and the wage gap in Hollywood and so many amazing things,” Rose said.
She refused to be outraged.
“I think that is an easy quote to misinterpret or to pick apart. But I know that she has an amazing sense of humor, and for her to say that, I know that would never come from a bad place.
“She’s always spending so much of her time supporting other women and the LGBT community. There’s no way that she meant that with any kind of malice.”
Gossip mags: quashed.