After her ill-advised remarks this week about using sacred Hawaiian rocks for “butt-scratching” and nearly killing a crew member while filming on location in Hawaii, the actress Jennifer Lawrence offered up a non-apology about the controversy on Friday.
“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,” Lawrence wrote on Facebook.
She was responding to righteous anger over a cheeky anecdote she shared in a recent BBC interview about filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Hawaii in 2015.
“There were…sacred…rocks—I don’t know, they were ancestors, who knows—they were sacred,” Lawrence said, when host Graham Norton asked about the incident. “And you’re not supposed to sit on them, because you’re not supposed to expose your genitalia to them.”
But after filming in a wetsuit all day, Lawrence said the sacred rocks presented too good of an opportunity for “butt-scratchin'” to pass up, ancient Hawaiian tradition be damned.
“Oh my God, they were so good for butt itching!” Lawrence said, laughing and waving around a glass of wine.
She also pantomimed the whole incident, which was enough to totally freak out her Passengers co-star, Chris Pratt.
But the interview got a little worse, for good measure. While laughing so hard she was almost speechless, Lawrence said one of the rocks she was “butt-scratchin'” on came loose, which triggered a landslide so massive that it almost killed “our sound guy.”
“And all the Hawaiians were like: ‘Oh my god, it’s the curse!’” she continued. “And I’m in the corner going, I’m your curse. I wedged it loose with my ass.”
How funny and relatable!
You can watch a full clip of her remarks via BBC One: