The Reason You Shouldn’t Hate on Jennifer Lawrence (VIDEO)

By: Laura Franco / January 14, 2013

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The Girl on Fire ignited a little friction during the Golden Globes.

As Jennifer Lawrence took home the award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, the first-time Golden Globe winner shocked viewers (and the evening’s attendees) when she jokingly uttered, “I beat Meryl,” during her acceptance speech at Sunday night’s star-studded ceremony.

But the slight on Streep, who wasn’t in attendance due to a case of the flu, wasn’t ill-intended. Lawrence was referencing a scene from the 1996 comedy The First Wives Club, starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton.

“In the film, Bette Midler’s character says to Goldie Hawn’s character, “Once you were a terrific actress. You even got an Oscar to prove it.” Bette’s character sees and touches the golden statue in the scene, saying, “‘I beat Meryl.’ That’s what it says,” Access Hollywood explained.

 

Although her quip garnered a few laughs at the Beverly Hilton, the Twitterverse may have missed out on the joke. The proof: the reference prompted an online frenzy among viewers and celebrities alike.

“WOAH…OOPS, Jennifer Lawrence – Whoops.. “I BEAT MERYL”???!!! Who says that?” Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba tweeted.

“Just heard Jennifer Lawrence win something. She beat Meryl?” Parks and Recreation actress Retta posted alongside a photo of herself looking surprised.

“You can’t say “I beat Meryl”. Oh no oh no no no,” indie singer Ingrid Michaelson wrote. Adding: “No one. Ever. Beats. Meryl.”

And, naturally, no controversy is complete without a say from Lindsay Lohan.

“Words cannot express how much I LOVE Kristen Wiig,” the actress commented on Wiig’s comedic bit with Will Ferrell, who both presented Lawrence with the award. “And no1 should ever mess with a legend, such as Meryl Streep.”

Despite the negative feedback, the Hunger Games star might be getting the final say in this situation. She’s currently up for two more Best Actress awards this season at the SAG Awards and Oscars for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.

What do you think of Jennifer’s Meryl Streep remark? Was it a witty movie reference or a joke gone wrong? Sound off in the comments!

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