Red Sparrow

release date 03/02/18
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February 21, 2018 at 11:11 AM EST

Apparently, there was a controversy swirling around a dress Jennifer Lawrence wore to a rooftop photo call for Red Sparrow in London — so much so, in fact, that she felt the need to respond on social media to all the tabloids and critics.

“This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended,” the Oscar winner wrote in a statement published to Facebook.

Lawrence, promoting her latest film with Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence, posed for photographers in a black Versace dress reminiscent of a piece donned by Elizabeth Hurley in 1994. Her castmates wore jackets and additional layers as they stood on a roof with the London Eye in the backdrop.

One user on Twitter called these images “quietly depressing,”  while others claimed it was sexist to have the 27-year-old appear in “a small amount of fabric some might call a dress” amid cold weather.

Some media outlets ran headlines like, “Why Jennifer Lawrence’s Dress Shows Sexism in Hollywood Persists Despite #TimesUp,” “This Red Sparrow Cast Photo Says So Much About Women In Hollywood,” and “Jennifer Lawrence Shivers in PLUNGING Dress With Gaping Thigh-Split That Looks Just Like Elizabeth Hurley’s Iconic Versace Gown.”

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“That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I’m going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf?” Lawrence wrote in response. “I was outside for 5 minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice. This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism.

“[Overreacting] about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward,” she continued. “It’s creating silly distractions from real issues. Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THATS MY CHOICE TOO!”

Lawrence stars in Red Sparrow as Dominika Egorova, a once-promising prima ballerina who’s coerced into joining Sparrow School. This reclusive facility trains individuals to use their minds and bodies as weapons for a secret government organization.

Based on the novel of the same name by Jason Matthews, the film also features Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Red Sparrow opens in theaters on March 2 and, despite earlier reports, Lawrence says she’s not taking a year off from acting.

Correction: An earlier draft of this article misstated Lawrence’s age as 24 instead of 27. 

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