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Jennifer Lawrence has had enough.
When the Hunger Games star left the the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles Wednesday, she was greeted by the usual hordes of paparazzi. While the ensuing circus was nothing new for one of the biggest stars on the planet, J.Lawr looked particularly ill-at-ease this time around.
Lawrence quickly made her way to a waiting vehicle, using her purse to hide her face, as flashbulbs went off in every direction. When she entered the car, she swapped the purse for her hands, and quickly buried her face in her lap, looking like someone in a state of utter torment. Frankly, it's hard to watch.
Lawrence has been very vocal about her disdain for the paparazzi, and often laments her total loss of privacy. “I went to Times Square for New Year’s Eve,” she told Entertainment Weekly back in 2012. “I had a feeling it was the last year I could do that…I’m just cherishing the time I have left. I’m going out of the house looking like s***. Going to Whole Foods looking like a trainwreck.”
Lawrence's comments were prescient, but not even she could have imagined how bad it would get. It's hard to imagine that when a little girl from Louisville, KY, told her parents she wanted to be an actress when she grew up, this is what she had in mind. Celebrity detractors often say that being stalked by paparazzi is just part of the business, and that those who complain are just biting the hand that feeds them. Lawrence for one, doesn't see it that way.
“If I were just your average 23-year-old girl, and I called the police to say that there were strange men sleeping on my lawn and following me to Starbucks, they would leap into action," she told Vogue in 2013. "But because I am a famous person, well, sorry, ma’am, there’s nothing we can do. It makes no sense.”
As for the prevailing school of thought that celebrities should just make peace with the paparazzi? Lawrence isn't buying it.
“I am just not OK with it,” she said. “It’s as simple as that. I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven’t been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal. I’m not going to find peace with it."
Well, now Lawrence has been in it a while, and she still hasn't accepted it. If anything, it's gotten worse. Perhaps that's what makes this video so troubling. The J.Lawr we've come to know is energetic, quick-witted and full-of-life, not one who has unwittingly become the face of the horribly invasive practices of paparazzi, hackers, and people who forget she is, you know, human.