Was Jennifer Lawrence rude to call out a reporter for using his phone?

Jennifer Lawrence told a phone-thumbing reporter to "live in the now" during a post-Golden Globes press conference Sunday. Was it harsh?
Jan 12, 2016

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  • Actress Jennifer Lawrence's post-Golden Globes press conference Sunday showed the phenomenon of "pphubbing" — and dialogue on its detriments — is possible in just about any place.

  • Pphubbing, a recent phenomenon that's been catching on between romantic partners, occurs when one person in a conversation does not look up from their device during a discussion.

  • My colleague Herb Scribner wrote that pphubbing leaves some people feeling depressed and puts a strain on their relationships.

  • But in the case of Lawrence shaming a reporter for using a phone while asking questions, the topic brought a bit of Internet-induced heat on Lawrence's part.

  • "You can't live behind your phone, bro," Lawrence told the journalist as he posed a question while clutching the phone. "You've got to live in the now."

  • As Mic noted, the reporter then asked about the upcoming Oscars, with the actress again cutting him off.

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

  • The point Lawrence probably sought to make — "about the value of living in the moment rather than living in the screen of an Apple device" — isn't a bad one, Mic wrote. Maybe she's faced some serious pphubbing as of late and her frustrations over it "exploded."

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  • However, the video indicated English might not be the first language of the reporter, E! journalist Juan Pablo Fernández-Feo, the Daily Mail wrote.

  • And that prompted a slew of social media critiques on Lawrence's actions.

  • The Guardian noted the scolding of Fernández-Feo wasn't the first time the Golden Globe-winning actress chastised people at the ceremony over phone use.

  • "Earlier in the night, the actor presented an award with Amy Schumer ... As the two arrived on stage, they criticized someone in the front row for their phone usage," The Guardian's report read. "'Please turn your phone off,' Schumer said. Lawrence laughed and then said: 'Can you please stop taking pictures?'"

  • So is Lawrence justified in her interaction with Fernández-Feo, or was it as rude as social media users indicated?

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  • Chris Trondsen, a reporter present for the interview, did say Lawrence's comments were "lighthearted."

  • Mic detailed Trondsen's account of the events through tweets.

  • "Contrary to the Internet's belief that the reporter said the journalist was reading questions off of his phone, Chris Trondsen said he was likely filming or taking pictures, and that the exchange between Lawrence and him was lighthearted and chill," Mic's piece read.

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Payton Davis is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.

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