Any dog owner will tell you, in no uncertain terms, that strangers should never, ever touch their beloved pooches without asking for permission first. And one member of the paparazzi learned that the hard way when he reached in to grab at Jennifer Lawrence’s Chihuahua-cross, Pippi.
Or, to use her full name, Pippi Lawrence-Stocking.
The Oscar-winning actor and her pup were greeted by a mob of photographers as they attempted to exit LAX Airport.
Crowding around Lawrence, the press hurled questions in her direction – generally focusing on the fact that, a few weeks ago, the private plane that the Silver Linings Playbook star was taking to visit her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky had been forced to make an emergency landing.
“Have you been scared off flying private for good?” one asked.
Lawrence, used to the pressures of the press, kept her head down and continued to walk – but, when the pap reached down to touch her dog, the mood changed very quickly.
“Don’t touch my dog, you f**king loser,” snapped Lawrence, before scooping Pippi into her arms and climbing into a waiting car.
TMZ, seemingly proud of the interaction, shared a video of their photographer’s encounter with Lawrence and Pippi on their Twitter page.
And, while some people accused the actor of people “rude”, it seems as if almost e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e on the internet is on J-Law’s side.
What's the problem? I don't want no bitches touching my dog either— Sab Ho (@SabHeaux) June 27, 2017
You don't touch pets without asking permission. And all this only to get a reaction. Awful— Kitri dancer (@classicalball85) June 27, 2017
Dont touch ppls🐕 pets without asking first— Rebel_boss (@lijaj16_alexa) June 27, 2017
Withoit asking also think if the pet would re act and snap or even bite cuz the pet doesnt know u and is being protective— Rebel_boss (@lijaj16_alexa) June 27, 2017
Why are people calling her names? It's not OK to touch people, their pets or kids without permission. It's called manners. Geezus. #rude— Ceiloo (@Ceiloo61) June 28, 2017
Top tip, everyone? Keep your hands to yourself, at all times.
Images: Rex Features