On Sunday, February 18, 2018, hundreds of the biggest movie stars in the world gathered in London for the 2018 BAFTAs — one of the biggest awards shows in Britain. Of the many stars in London that night, actress Jennifer Lawrence may have made the most controversial headlines.
Jennifer was invited onstage to present the award for Outstanding British Film, the Irish Independent reports. Martin McDonagh went on to win the award for his movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, but his exciting win was slightly overshadowed by Jennifer’s unexpected reaction to her introduction.
Before Jennifer stepped out to present the award, BAFTAs host Joanna Lumley, an actress known for her role on the hit show Absolutely Fabulous, gave her fellow actress a glowing introduction. She sang Jennifer’s praises in front of the audience, calling the 27-year-old “the hottest actress on the planet.”
Jennifer stepped onstage to loud applause, and then seemingly shocked the audience when she turned to Joanna and said, “That was a bit much, but thank you, Joanna.”
According to the Irish Independent, viewers took to Twitter to call Jennifer out for her seemingly crass reaction, calling her “stuck up” and “rude.” But on Monday morning, Jennifer cleared the air during a radio interview with Ronan Keating on Magic Radio. She swore that the reaction was “an inside joke.” She added: “To be fair, I couldn’t have just walked out after she was like, ‘biggest movie star in the world!’ And I’d just walked out and gone ‘thank you Joanna’. It would have been like, ‘so you agree?'”
What do you think about Jennifer’s explanation? Are people getting worked up over an inside joke, or did she come across as rude?
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