Jennifer Lawrence Catches Fire for "Screw PETA" Comment -- Big Deal?

The president of PETA reprimands the Hunger Games star for acting non-chalant about skinning a real squirrel in Winter's Bone

Katniss may love Peeta, but PETA does not love Jennifer Lawrence. In her recent Rolling Stone profile, the Hunger Games actress made a joke at the animal-rights organization's expense... and they're not laughing.

The controversial comment came about when the magazine asked Lawrence about her 2010 Oscar-nominated role in Winter's Bone. Or, specifically, the scene in which her character skins a real squirrel to feed her family.

"I should say it wasn't real, for PETA. But screw PETA," said Lawrence, 21.

In the same interview, the actress also said that she was "thinking about buying a house. And a big dog. And a shotgun."

Naturally, Lawrence's interview (along with her mean archery skills) won the wholehearted approval of the hunting community -- and that's when PETA (Peope for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) decided to voice their objections.

"She's young and the plight of animals somehow hasn't yet touched her heart," PETA president Ingrid Newkirk told Gothamist. "As Henry David Thoreau said, 'The squirrel you kill in jest, dies in earnest.' We are told that this squirrel (used in the movie) was hit by a car, but when people kill animals, it is the animals who are 'screwed,' not PETA. And one day I hope she will try to make up for any pain she might cause any animal who did nothing but try to eke out a humble existence in nature."

Okay, backing up just a minute -- the squirrel was hit by a car? So Jennifer Lawrence didn't actually kill anything. Just wanted to make sure that was clear.

PETA, of course, will never pass on an opportunity to get its message out. Their overzealous PR tactics have sometimes alienated supporters, like Khloe Kardashian, who quit the organization after her sister Kim was "flour-bombed" by a PETA alum. But plenty of stars are still posing for their attention-catching "I'd rather go nude than wear fur" ads -- most recently, House actress and vegetarian Lisa Edelstein.

As for Lawrence, she's demonstrated that she doesn't give a hoot what anyone else thinks. The actress laughed off criticism of her curvy body (which some said wasn't appropriate for the person playing Hunger Games heroine Katniss), stripped off her clothes the first time she hung out with now-BFF Zoe Kravitz, and generally seems to have a lot of fun being a little irreverent. PETA may object to her joke, but they'll never make a mockingjay -- er, mockery -- out of Jennifer.

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