Jennifer Lawrence has issued a statement after facing criticism for a recent story she told about disturbing a sacred site while filming The Hunger Games in Hawaii.
“I meant absolutely no disrespect to the Hawaiian people,” Lawrence said in a statement posted to her Facebook page. “I really thought that I was being self-deprecating about the fact that I was ‘the curse,’ but I understand the way it was perceived was not funny, and I apologize if I offended anyone.”
Earlier this month, Lawrence promoted her new movie Passengers during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, where she recounted a story of how while she was filming Catching Fire in Hawaii, she was warned not to disturb a section of rocks.
“There were sacred rocks,” Lawrence told Norton. “I don’t know. They were ancestors. Who knows? But you’re not supposed to sit on them because you’re not supposed to expose your genitalia to them. I, however, was in a wetsuit for this whole shoot, and oh my god, they were so good for butt-itching.”
Lawrence then went on to describe how she accidentally knocked one of the stones loose.
“One rock that I was butt-scratching on ended up coming loose, and it was a giant boulder, and it rolled down the mountain, and it almost killed our sound guy,” she said. “It was this huge dramatic deal, and all the Hawaiians were like, ‘It’s the curse!’ And I’m in the corner going, ‘I’m your curse. I wedged it loose with my ass.’”
After the Graham Norton Show clip hit the web, many called on Lawrence to apologize for disrespecting a culturally significant site. Watch the original story below.