Last night, two incredible things happened: Jennifer Lawrence was guest host on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and she interviewed her biggest celebrity obsession, Kim Kardashian. And while the interview was mostly a light-hearted and fun exchange between two mega stars, the conversation took a more serious turn when Lawrence asked Kim Kardashian about the last time she saw O.J. Simpson.
The line of conversation started when Lawrence asked, “Have you talked to O.J. since he’s gotten out of prison?” to which Kim responded, “I haven’t. I haven’t talked to him in years. I think I saw him in like a club in Miami maybe eight, nine years ago.” Lawrence then asked — get ready for it — “Did you ask him if he did it?”
We commend Kim for this thoughtful response. As someone who has spent years in the public eye, she likely knows all too well that words can hurt — and words about your parents might hurt even more. Her respect for the children of an extremely public situation reminds us that the things we hear in the news affect real people with real families. It never hurts to take a moment to remember that.
You can see the full interview here (her comments about O.J. specifically occur around minute 13:00:
We’re going to use this as a solid reminder to take a beat and choose empathy whenever we can, and to always be conscious of the fact that our words have power — for both good and bad.