Jennifer Lawrence’s essay about Hollywood’s gender pay gap is quickly becoming a very popular way for idiot shit people to say regrettable things out loud, right out of their stupid mouths. David O. Russell, director of several mediocre Oscar winners, is the most recent shit person to do so.

Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter at a fundraiser Wednesday night, David O. Russell expressed support for the “spirit” of what Lawrence said in her essay, which he believes is “truthful to her heart.” Generous, and so kind:

“I always support all my actors and all their opinions, and I want them all to get what they need. I don’t really talk about the minutia of what goes on in my movies, but I believe the spirit of what Jennifer is saying is truthful to her heart. I support her and all women in that.”

Russell, who made headlines in the past for hostile behavior toward Amy Adams on the set of American Hustle and for delivering a tirade against Lily Tomlin on the set of I Heart Huckabees, calling her, repeatedly, “bitch” and “fucking cunt,” would benefit, it’s true, from not really talking about the minutia of what goes on in his movies.

Russel continued talking to the Hollywood Reporter about the essay even though he could have easily stopped, noting that he “understand[s] what she’s saying” but adding, “It’s hard to make a movie come together with a lot of big stars. American Hustle had a lot of big stars in it. We all contributed to help make it happen.” Some unwittingly financially. (The women.)

He continued, sticking the landing with a plug for his upcoming film:

“But I also respect that Jennifer is finding her voice, and I think it’s in service of something very important. Jennifer’s character in Joy is about the same thing: maturity, learning what it is to have your own space and express your own voice and to have power. And that’s what she’s learning.”

Fingers crossed she is also learning to stop working with condescending shit-grin directors looking to fuck her over and pat her on the head.

While we’re here, we may as well check in with the dreaded Jeremy Renner.

Jeremy Renner’s unnamed PR (Susan Patricola, my friend—is that you?) gave a comment to Just Jared about Renner’s response to Lawrence’s essay, even though I also asked for a comment and Susan Patricola did not offer me one even though we have a history and I consider her a friend:

“The context was that he is all for women or anyone having salary equality but that’s someone else’s job to handle and not his. He is most supportive but doesn’t involve himself in those conversations so when asked he was basically saying that.”

Jeremy Renner’s PR basically straight up sick of Jeremy Renner at this point.

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