Jennifer Lawrence is ready to make some noise about the polarizing presidential election.
In an online essay for Broadly published on Thursday, the Oscar winner encouraged those upset over Donald Trump’s victory to “be loud” and channel their frustration into constructive action.
“Do not let this defeat you – let this enrage you!” she wrote. “Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before.”
Jennifer made sure to clarify that she wasn’t endorsing impulsive reactions, however. Instead, she offered multiple causes people can focus on, from the environment to immigration to social equality.
“We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets. We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past,” she wrote.
“If you’re worried about the health of our planet, find out everything you can about how to protect it. If you’re worried about racial violence, love your neighbor more than you’ve ever tried to before – no matter what they believe or who they voted for,” she added. “If you’re afraid of a wall putting us all into another recession then organize and stand against it.”
The 26-year-old expressed her own shock over the election’s outcome, but urged readers to “have hope” and make the most of the present circumstances in order to incite the change for the future.
“We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was. But we mustn’t be defeated,” she wrote. “We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair.”
Most of all, the star pleaded fans to not let fear be a roadblock.
“If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman – don’t be afraid – be loud!” she concluded.
— Erin Biglow