Jennifer Lawrence appeared on U.K. chatfest The Graham Norton Show last week alongside Passengers co-star Chris Pratt, where she told a seemingly hilarious anecdote about shooting a movie in Hawaii, wearing a wetsuit that necessitated scratching her butt on a large rock that the locals consider to be sacred.
Her butt-scratching, she revealed, wound up dislodging the rock from its sacred spot and sent it tumbling down a hill, nearly smashing into a crew member when it landed.
Cue the talk show applause — of which there was little in the Twitterverse, where ticked-off fans took her to task for mocking the beliefs of others.
Not only is what she describes incredibly disrespectful of Hawaiian spiritual beliefs, tweeters pointed out, but apparently unknown to The Hunger Games star is “Pele’s Curse,” the nickname for the bad luck that Hawaiians believe will befall anyone who removes one of the sacred black stones from the land upon which it rests.
With her new film Passengers set to debut on Dec. 21, will the backlash affect box office sales? While that remains to be seen, that could be the case given this sampling of the negative Tweets directed at Lawrence:
congratulations Jennifer Lawrence, all of Hawaii wants to scrap you. next time respect land that's foreign to you https://t.co/9ezzY906dd
— Miiah Fu (@miiahfu) December 8, 2016
The whitest story ever told. pic.twitter.com/aZb8RQ9e5a
— Glen Coco (@MrPooni) December 7, 2016
Another reason Jennifer Lawrence is so annoying. Knowingly messes with something sacred to Hawiians. Then brags and makes a joke about it. https://t.co/EB6VFz0JzN
— Alexis Isabel (@lexi4prez) December 7, 2016
Why would you knowingly disrespect someone's culture and sacred artifacts and brag about it later? Smh Jennifer Lawrence is beyond cancelled
— emily (@emmynash_) December 7, 2016