For those of you who don't know who Jennifer Lawrence is, ask your teenage son or daughter. She is the heroine and star in the gigantically successful Hunger Games movies. This past year in Student Ministry, I became aware of just how hugely popular and influential she is - specifically with the female population.
Many of the girls thoughts and fantasies revolved around the character, Katniss, that miss Lawrence played in the movies. They had created Hunger Games blogs, shared Katniss pictures, discussed what male character was better for Katniss to have a relationship with, argued who would win in a Bella vs. Katniss fight and so on. Without being super-redundant, Jennifer Lawrence has huge sway over pre/teen girls because of this role. That's why when her personal nude pictures were hacked/leaked to public last month were such a big deal.
Now, Lawrence, is making headlines as she publicly responds to the hacked images in an Vanity Fair article being published this month. Some of her quotes include:
"It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change."
The whole situation is a really big deal on many fronts and that's why I think every parent needs to talk about these 5 things:
It is up to you as a parent to bring this conversation up! Chances are, your child won't come to you with all the juicy gossip and opinions that they or their friends have on the situation. And trust me, they have opinions and have probably seen the pics, too. It doesn't matter what your child's age is, it is never too late or early to begin conversations around topics like this. Here are some talking points to get you started:
What do you think? Did I miss anything? Anything to add? Leave a comment below!
I am a pastor in rural Manitoba that is passionate about the church, leadership, coffee and bicycles.