What's the reason behind all those hurricanes lately? Don't ask Jennifer Lawrence or Kirk Cameron, unless you want to hear a really stupid answer.
Our first story in this week's double-feature edition of Stupid Things Celebrities Said This Week stars Jennifer Lawrence, star of such film franchises as the Hunger Games and the X-Men. Lawrence was promoting her new movie Mother!, by director and boyfriend Darren Aronofsky, when she decided to wax philosophical on the reason hurricanes happen. Lawrence's comments came to us via a headline on Fox News, which read, "Hurricanes Irma, Harvey are nature's 'wrath' for Trump victory, Jennifer Lawrence claims."
Since it was Fox News, we decided we had better verify this, but Fox was banking on nobody having a the stamina to sit through fifteen minutes of Jennifer Lawrence talking about Mother!. And they weren't wrong. We were about to tap out when, around the twelve minute mark, Lawrence finally started saying dumb things about hurricanes.
Interviewer: When the director was asked about the film, why it was so dark, he said it was a mad time to be alive. And there's certainly a sort of end of days feeling about it. For many people in America, perhaps that's truer there at the moment than anywhere else. What are your thoughts about the changes that have been happening in your country in the last year or so?
J-Law: It's scary. It's this new language that's forming. I don't even recognize it. It's also scary to know that it's been proven through science that climate change is due to human activity and we continue to ignore it. And the only voice we really have is through voting.
Interviewer: And you have voted, very recently.
J-Law: And we voted. And it's really startling. You're watching these hurricanes now, and it's hard, especially while promoting this movie, not to feel Mother Nature's rage. Wrath.
Fox News isn't totally off the mark here. It could be taken as Lawrence saying that hurricanes are nature's wrath in response to the election of Donald Trump. Then again, it could also be taken as saying that climate change denial has sparked nature's wrath, or, in the most charitable interpretation, that nature's wrath is in response to damage done to the environment.
Whatever she meant though, it's probably not a good idea to claim that natural disasters that have inflicted death, destruction, and economic devastation on innocent people are some kind of punishment. The people affected by these hurricanes, who don't live only in the United States, by the way, didn't deserve to have this happen to them, and saying so to make a political point is unbecoming, especially for someone of Lawrence's stature.
Enter Kirk Cameron, star of Growing Pains and Kirk Cameron Saves Christmas, who asked Lawrence to hold his proverbial beer and made some outrageously stupid comments of his own about hurricanes.
"Harvey, they say, was a once in a lifetime event because the destruction was unprecedented with that hurricane, " Cameron said in a Facebook video. "There's another one coming up which they say is now the largest recorded hurricane in the Atlantic. This is Irma. And the devastation from that, we don't know how much that's going to be. But how should we look at two giant hurricanes coming back to back like this? Do we write them off as coincidence? Do we write it off as a statistical anomaly? Wow! Who would've thought? Is it just Mother Nature in a bad mood?"
"I don't know how you think about it, but I think it could be something much more than all of that," Cameron continued. "I'm gonna look in here in God's word and read to you from Job. In Job 37, God says through Job, 'He saturates clouds with moisture. He scatters his lightning through them. They swirl about, turning around and around at his direction, accomplishing everything that he commands them over the surface of the inhabited world. He causes this to happen for punishment or to water his land and demonstrate his faithful love.'"
That Job is a real page-turner.
"One thing we know about hurricanes and all weather is that this is not mother nature in a bad mood," Cameron explained. "This is a spectacular display of God's immense power. And when he puts his power on display, it's never without reason. There's a purpose. And we may not always understand what that purpose is, but we know it's not random. And we know that weather is sent to cause us to respond to God in humility, awe, and repentance."
Cameron encouraged everyone to share this wisdom with their children, and then revealed that he was getting the hell out of Florida before the hurricane arrived.
So congratulations, Kirk Cameron. You managed to out-stupid Jennifer Lawrence today. But there's always next time, on Stupid Things Celebrities Said This Week!