Lupita Nyong’o’s Interview Was Going Great Until Letterman Brought Up Jennifer Lawrence

by on February 22, 2014


Lupita Nyong’o, currently a Hollywood it girl, appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman this week. She’s been hitting the press trail in pre-Oscar promotions for 12 Years As A Slave, which has been nominated for some of the most coveted awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. Nyong’o, 30, is up against the 23-year-old actress Jennifer Lawrence, who American and British media seem to adore, for Best Supporting Actress. Lawrence picked up the Golden Globe this year in the category as well as the BAFTA. In both contests she was pitted against Nyong’o. Lawrence’s deservedness of the award is in some circles controversial. Many people think she hasn’t “done enough” to be receiving so many prestigious award nominations so quickly. She won the best actress Oscar in 2013. At this rate she’ll be beating Meryl Streeps record by age 30. Hollywood seems determined to keep actresses like Jennifer Lawrence in the spotlight, whilst minorities who don’t fit the American fantasy, like Nyong’o, don’t get the same special treatment. The interview below emphasizes this pattern. The CBS clip cuts out just after Nyong’o and Letterman get done praising Jennifer Lawrence.

Here’s a tip Letterman, try talking focusing on the talented actress in front of you instead of inserting Jennifer Lawrence into the discussion. Now I think Jennifer Lawrence is a great actress, but Hollywood and the media are forcing her name into too many discussions. I’m starting to wonder if media outlets are being paid to do so. Let me know what your opinion is in the comment section.


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