Normally, we’re all for anything J-Law does, but this video is seriously weird.
The Oscar-winning actress and her Mockingjay costars, including Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Julianne Moore, starred in a PSA released Monday about the West Africa Ebola crisis, but the video is less informative and more cringeworthy.
The PSA was produced by the Ebola Survival Fund, an initiative founded by fellow Mockingjay actor, Jeffrey Wright, who works with other larger organizations to help fight the deadly disease outbreak, E! News reports. Wright opens the clip, saying, “The world is facing the largest Ebola outbreak in history,” but as soon as the other actors hit the screen, it’s all downhill.
“But the countries hit hardest are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,” J-Law continues, to which Hutcherson quips, “Weren’t there just wars there?”
It leaves us scratching our heads. Was his question a joke, or does he really not know?
The video goes on to explain that Ebola’s survival rate could be greatly increased if the people it’s hitting hardest had access to the kind of medical care we have in the U.S., and then comes another cringeworthy moment.
“What would happen if you got Ebola?” Hutcherson asks Lawrence. She pauses for a second before replying, with plenty of sass, “I’d be fine.”
At best, this video makes the Hunger Games cast look like they’re completely clueless about Africa and Ebola. At worst, it makes it look like they’re making light of a disease that’s killed thousands of people.
And it gets even weirder. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Wright explained the inspiration behind casting his costars in the clip.
“The Hunger Games allegory aligns with this Ebola outbreak in that we, the United States, the West, relative to this, is very much like the Capitol and Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, are very much like the outer districts,” he said. “I thought, well, let’s play with that idea as a way of highlighting the stark contrast between we, the Capitol, and they, the outer districts, and using some of the constructs from the movie as a way of shining additional light on some of the contrasts.”