Jennifer Lawrence Apologizes for Her Comments About Accidentally Destroying a Sacred Site

"I meant absolutely no disrespect to the Hawaiian people."


While promoting her new movie, Passengers, Jennifer Lawrence told a story on The Graham Norton Show about accidentally destroying a sacred site while filming The Hunger Games after she scratched her butt on one of the rocks. The story was told in a humorous way, but many people didn't take it that way.

Lawrence was subject to a major backlash on Twitter, with many people saying she "bragged" or "took pride in" her behavior and didn't recognize the consequences of destroying sacred Hawaiian ground. On Friday, the actress responded to those claims with an apology, saying she meant to poke fun at herself, not at Hawaiian culture.

She issued a statement on Facebook, apologizing to those who took offense at the flippant way she talked about the incident. She didn't necessarily apologize for accidentally destroying sacred ground in Hawaii, though:

"I meant absolutely no disrespect to the Hawaiian people. I really thought that I was being self deprecating about the fact that I was "the curse", but I understand the way it was perceived was not funny and I apologize if I offended anyone."

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