Actress Jennifer Lawrence is calling for the word "fat" to be banned from TV, because she insists it is as damaging to young generations as cigarettes and profanities. The Hunger Games star believes the term amounts to a form of bullying and claims it is thrown around too loosely in the press, so she is urging TV broadcasting officials to take a stand.
In an interview for the upcoming TV special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013, she says, "Why is humiliating people funny? I get it, and, and I do it too, we all do it. (But) the media needs to take responsibility for the affect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool...
"And the word fat, I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. I mean, if we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the affect they have on our younger generation, why aren't we regulating things like calling people fat?"
The full interview airs in the U.S. on Wednesday (18Dec13), but it's not the first time Lawrence has spoken out about the issue.
Last month (Nov13), she criticised catty comedienne Joan Rivers for judging celebrities based on their appearance on her reality show Fashion Police, claiming the idea of the programme teaches youths the "wrong values".
Lawrence said, "There are shows like the Fashion Police that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on all the wrong values and that it's OK to point at people and call them ugly or fat. We have to stop treating each other like that and stop calling each other fat."
Rivers subsequently hit back at the comment via Twitter.com, accusing the Oscar winner of "arrogance".
Singer/actress Miley Cyrus struggled to find real happiness in her relationship with Liam Hemsworth, but was afraid of breaking off the engagement and ending up all alone. The Wrecking Ball hitmaker started dating The Hunger Games hunk Hemsworth in 2009, when she was 17, and they announced their engagement in June, 2012, when she was still a teenager.
However, the couple became dogged by rumours of trouble in its romance months before the stars officially split in September (13), and now Cyrus is opening up about her love life to U.S. TV broadcaster Barbara Walters.
In an inteview for the upcoming TV special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013, the superstar admits critics were right when they claimed she was too young to settle down, but she was too scared to face up to the facts.
She says, "I was so scared of ever being alone, and I think, conquering that fear, this year, was actually bigger than any other transition that I had, this entire year.
"I don't ever want to have to need someone again, where you feel like, without them, you can't be yourself."
She continues, "I don't think I realised what 19 truly is, and I got engaged at 19, and I definitely wouldn't change being engaged. It was so fun wearing a fat rock (diamond ring) for a few years. But now, I just feel like I can actually be happy. I wait for those moments of silence, when I'm just at my house, by myself."
Despite finding solace in her time alone, Cyrus insists she would love to marry one day - but only when the time is right.
She adds, "I think I'll want that (marriage) in the times that it needs to be."
Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 airs in the U.S. on Wednesday (18Dec13).
The Argo filmmaker and the U.K. boyband feature on Walters' annual list of the top 10 most intriguing public figures of the year (12), alongside Family Guy creator and 2013 Oscars host Seth MacFarlane and E.L. James, the author of steamy hit novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
Also selected are American gymnast Gabby Douglas and former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton, while the number one person of note will be unveiled during the TV special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012 on 12 December (12).
Last year (11), Walters celebrated the likes of singer Katy Perry, real estate mogul Donald Trump, and Modern Family stars Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
In a U.S. TV special on Wednesday (14Dec11), Walters told viewers she once had a rule that the top honour in her annual selection must be given to a living person.
She picked Jobs for the title after he announced his retirement from Apple this summer (11) but decided he still deserved the accolade after he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in October (11).
Walters says, "It's unlikely there will ever be anyone like him again."
Stars including Katy Perry, Simon Cowell, the Kardashians and Donald Trump were also featured in Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011.
Every year, Barbara Walters sits down with the 10 Most Fascinating People from that year and interviews them at length. It usually represents a bit of an at-a-glance look at pop culture and media over the past year. ABC just announced Walters' 2011 list, and if it's any indication, our country is in some serious trouble. Completely absent is anyone relevant to the state of the nation, international politics, the arts, literature, or hot button issues. Instead, the list is overrun with reality television stars and a Duchess' sister more famous for her (perfectly adequate) derierre than any of her own accomplishments.
Past years have included people like General David Petraeus, Mark Zuckerberg, Sarah Palin, J.K. Rowling, Bill Clinton, and Anna Wintour in addition to your typical Hollywood fare. However, this year the list is a little more glitzy and a little less robust. Of course, as usual, the 10th and final Most Fascinating Person will be kept a secret until the special airs - let's hope whoever it is makes up for the lack of depth in the rest of the list. And while we're at it, I'm not sure Walters' people can count - unless they're counting Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian as one person...
The special airs Dec. 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Here's the list of 2011's Most Fascinating People, according to Walters:
The Kardashians (Kris Jenner and Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian)X-Factor judge and creator Simon CowellCelebrity Apprentice Host/Tycoon/Failed Presidential Candidate Donald TrumpYankees Shortstop Derek JeterPop Star Katy PerryModern Family stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric StonestreetKate Middleton's famous sister, Pippa Middleton
Paris Hilton named most fascinating person of the year
Paris Hilton's declaration that she doesn't sit around all day saying "That's hot" has apparently scored her points with Barbara Walters, who named the hotel heiress the most intriguing person of the year, The Associated Press reports. Walters, whose Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2004 airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC, chats with the socialite about her illustrious catch phrase as well as the infamous sex tape Hilton made with her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon. "I was in love with him and people, I think, do that sometimes. I never thought that it would get out and that I'd be hurt like that," Hilton tells Walters. "It was (very painful). I thought it was the end. I thought, I was so embarrassed for all my teenage fans and my younger fans. I thought it was over." Hilton also reveals she reads books, the most recent one being Maneater, a novel about an uninhibited L.A. woman's search for a man. On Walters "most fascinating people" list, Hilton, who just wrapped the third season of her Fox reality series The Simple Life, beat out filmmaker Michael Moore, Jeopardy! whiz Ken Jennings and Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
Chong returns with fresh crop of pot jokes
Comedian Tommy Chong, who spent nine months in jail for conspiring to sell bongs on the Internet, premieres The Marijuana-Logues at New York's Actors Playhouse on Tuesday with his former collaborator Cheech Marin, AP reports. Chong, 66, gained notoriety for the Cheech & Chong characters he created with partner Marin in films such as Up in Smoke and Still Smokin'. He told AP radio he still hasn't recovered from breaking up his act with Marin. "I never really got over it. There was always an emptiness in my heart," he said. "I had a 60th birthday and Cheech came to it. And it was the first time we'd seen each other in years, and he said, "I think of you every day.'"
Michael Moore embraces Hollywood
Fahrenheit 9/11 director Michael Moore denied Monday Hollywood had hurt John Kerry's presidential bid, citing California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former President Ronald Reagan as examples. "America loves Hollywood. America loves the people in the movies and on TV. And the thing that the Republicans have already figured out is that America likes to vote for Hollywood," Moore told reporters before addressing the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on the impact of filmmaking on politics. "And I think we need to turn to Hollywood, because who wouldn't vote for Tom Hanks or Paul Newman or Robert Redford or Oprah?" Moore added President Bush won because he "had a more compelling story to tell and the Democrats didn't," the AP reports.
Motley Crue reunites
Motley Crue, the heavy metal band that dominated the rock scene in1980s with hits including "Dr. Feelgood," "Kickstart My Heart" and "Girls Girls Girls," announced Monday they are reuniting for a world tour beginning next year. Reuters reports the first leg of the tour will begin Feb. 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. "For as much as it's like 'Wow! This is like the ultimate rollercoaster ride in life' it was kinda nice to get off that for a little while. But I'm jonesin' for the thrill now," vocalist Nikki Sixx told Reuters.
Ferguson may take over Late Late Show
Comedian/actor Craig Ferguson, former co-star of The Drew Carey Show, is in talks to replace Craig Kilborn as the host of the CBS' The Late Late Show, sources told Reuters. When Kilborn exited in August after five years of hosting the show to focus on writing and producing different television projects, more than 20 guest hosts appeared on the show until early last month. The network whittled the field of candidates to four: Ferguson, Damien Fahey, D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black. CBS declined comment Monday, Reuters reports.
Charges against Givens dismissed
A Miami court dismissed the case against actress Robin Givens, who was ticketed for hitting an elderly lady and running over her leg, because the officers who were present did not witness the accident and could not testify to the cause of the accident, AP reports. Givens, best known for starring in the TV comedy Head of the Class, struck Maria Antonia Alcover as she was about to step onto the sidewalk after crossing a busy Miami street Jan. 28, police said, with the back wheel of Givens' Mercedes-Benz SUV running over Alcover's right leg. The actress was ticketed for failing to use due care with a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Alcover has filed a civil suit against Givens in the case, and trial is set to begin Jan. 3.
Kit Bowen contributed to this report.