CANNABIS CULTURE – “As if we needed another reason to love Jennifer Lawrence,” said Michael Hogan of The Huffington Post after photos of Lawrence apparently puffing pot on a balcony in Hawaii appeared days after she picked up the Best Actress Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook.
Lawrence tripped up the steps in her big puffy gown, and was game enough to joke about it. After admittedly having a shot of booze before talking to reporters backstage, she righteously flipped one the bird when he asked the stupid question, “Have you peaked too soon (at 22)?”
What’s not to love about this woman? “She’s a 22-year-old cool person,” effused Hogan, and that persona was enough to win her Hollywood’s top prize (probably because she should have won it for Hunger Games.)
When Spin magazine asked her in March 2012, “What were you listening to the first time you smoked pot?” She wisely replied, “I so cannot answer that question. I’m in a franchise.” (Which, you will notice, is not a “no.”)
Astute observer/historian Michael Aldrich, among others, predicts that Lawrence won’t suffer from the pot-parazzi pix, unlike stars of the past. “I’m remembering back to the days when any starlet (say, Lila Leeds) caught with a reefer was condemned to ‘Be contrite, confess, and crusade’ against the drug,” said Aldrich. “These days I have a feeling there will be no contrition or confession, and if there’s any crusade it’s among the bloggers who have followed this on Twitter, unanimously saying ‘Legalize It!'” (Leeds looks rather like Lawrence in this shot, right, from the 1947 film Lady in the Lake.)
Meanwhile, Lawrence dyed her hair back to black just after the ceremony, making her look more like someone touted as her rival, the pot-loving Kristen Stewart. Stewart didn’t have a good Oscar night, appearing on crutches on the red carpet after cutting her foot two days earlier. But the previews of On the Road, starring Stewart and another pot lover, Kirsten Dunst as Carolyn Cassidy, look like the movie, based on the Jack Kerouac novel, just might make people forget Jennifer Lawrence for a time.
Even while Hollywood embraces pot in its stars and plots, how many other cool young chicks, and dudes, aren’t as lucky as Lawrence and Stewart when the chemical McCarthyism of drug testing means they lose their job. That is, unless they work in Silicon Valley.