If Jennifer Lawrence says it, assume it's a joke. Or a quote from a movie. Or, in this case, both.

When JLaw won her Golden Globe Award for Silver Linings Playbook, she looked at the statue and said, "What does it say? I beat Meryl!" It was just a funny quip, and on The Late Show with David Letterman she said it was a Bette Midler line from The First Wives Club — and she was surprised no one else had used it before.

"I had no idea Lindsay Lohan would take it to the Twitterverse," Jennifer told Dave, referencing Lindsay's Sunday night tweet: "Words cannot express how much I LOVE Kristen Wiig. And no1 should ever mess with a legend, such as Meryl Streep."

The Internet picked it up, some people misunderstood, and then it was like Jennifer had dissed the most decorated thespian of our time.

"I was like, is that what this turned into? I don't like Meryl Streep?" Jennifer said. "As if, like, I've had my eyes on getting that girl forever. And I was like 'Finally, I knew it would happen some day!'" She's not sure if she even wants to hear from Meryl Streep, but she figures Meryl doesn’t care.

"What about these dopes that don't get the joke?" Dave asked.

"I wanted to make a public statement,” Jennifer said, “like 'Hey, idiots, it's a quote from a movie. And it's Meryl Streep!" Guess that’s her public statement!

Sources: The Late Show (via YouTube), Twitter

Credit: YouTube Photo: Jennifer Lawrence Wins the 2013 Golden Globe For Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical — After Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell Present (VIDEO)