Jennifer Lawrence clears up Meryl Streep comment made at Golden Globes

Jennifer Lawrence, winner of best performance by an actress in a motion picture (musical or comedy) for "Silver Linings Playbook," poses in the press room during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Jennifer Lawrence says she was not taking a shot at Meryl Streep when she accepted her Golden Globe Award on Sunday.

While accepting the award for best actress in a musical or comedy for "Silver Linings Playbook," the 22-year-old held up the statuette and said, "What does this say? I beat Meryl!"

Some saw this as a dig at Streep, who was nominated in the same category for "Hope Springs." But during an appearance Tuesday on the "Late Show," Lawrence told David Letterman that she was quoting a movie.

"It was a quote from 'First Wives' Club,'" she said. "Bette Midler was talking about a Globe. I can't believe nobody's ever done it before. She said, 'Look what it says: I beat Meryl.' It was so perfect, and I said it, and I had no idea Lindsay Lohan was going to take it to take it to the Twitterverse -- is that what it's called? I'm not on Twitter. But Twitter is very upset."

Lawrence is referring to a tweet Lohan sent Sunday that said, "[No one] should ever mess with a legend, such as Meryl Streep."

"Is that what that's turned into, I don't like Meryl Streep? As if I've had my eyes on getting that girl forever, and I was like, 'Finally! I knew it would happen one day!'" Lawrence continued. "I wanted to make a public statement, like, 'Hey idiots, it's a quote from a movie, and it's Meryl Streep.'"

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