What isn’t a vehicle for outrage these days? It could be a popular movie, a slip of the tongue, or even a Halloween costume. In this case, it’s about rocks.
Social justice warriors are incredibly upset over an anecdote Oscar Award-winning actress and lovable goof Jennifer Lawrence made during her recent appearance on the Graham Norton Show. She regaled the audience and fellow actor Chris Pratt and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver with her funny story about how her “butt nearly killed someone.”
The actress previously raised the ire of the regressive left when she called for non-violence and calm in the wake of the recent surge in street violence over the election of Donald Trump.
Lawrence says that while filming The Hunger Games on an island in Hawaii, she scratched her ass on some of the rocks there while in a wetsuit. She didn’t make it clear as to whether she knew the rocks were “sacred,” given that they’re simply unmarked rocks, but doing so caused one of the stones to get loose and almost kill the movie’s sound guy as it caused a small avalanche.
“One rock that I was butt-scratching on ended up coming loose, and it was a giant boulder and it rolled down this mountain and it almost killed our sound guy,” Lawrence recalled. “It was this huge dramatic deal and all the Hawaiians were like, ‘It’s the curse!’ and I’m over in the corner going, ‘I’m your curse. I wedged it loose with my ass’.”
You can watch it below:
It was a funny, if embarrassing, anecdote. On cue, The Mary Sue didn’t take kindly to her retelling of the story, stating (without evidence) that her butt-scratching faux pas angered locals, while admonishing her for not being apologetic about it.
“The framing of this encounter as a lovable-goof moment rather than one of disrespect and offense is indicative of the tendency within our society to write off Hawaiian beliefs as laughable, less serious, or superstitious nonsense,” they wrote.
Some commenters on the site even go as far as to compare her butt-scratching with genocidal violence, because relieving your itch on some minerals is clearly the same thing as murdering in the name of religion, progress, or what-have-you.
I’d like to remind you that they were just rocks, and calling them sacred doesn’t make them any more special than any other rock on this planet. Beyond that, accidentally offending anyone over their superstitions and cultural taboos is nowhere as offensive as self-righteously judging every little mistake others commit.