Jennifer Lawrence pens open letter following Trump win
MANILA, Philippines – Jennifer Lawrence has spoken up following the loss of her preferred US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. ('Do not weep:' Stars tweet after Donald Trump win)
On Thursday, November 10, a few days after Donald Trump was announced president-elect of the US, Lawrence published an open letter through Vice.
"Is this the stark reality? It doesn't matter how hard you work or how qualified you are, at the end of the day, if you're not a man? Is that what we just learned?" started Lawrence. "This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men."
The Oscar-winning actress went on to write about racial, religious, and sexist discrimination in light of a Trump presidency, and encouraged her readers to fight against it.
Trump's campaign was riddled with controversial comments on minorities, immigrants, women, and gold star families, among others.
"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. If you're afraid of a wall putting us all into another recession then organize and stand against it," she continued.
"If you're a woman and you're worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don't really know what to say. I don't know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope. To work for the future."
Lawrence called on her readers to educate themselves and work hard, adding that as with Clinton's run for presidency, their efforts may not work.
"But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done," ended Lawrence. "Do not let this defeat you—let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn't have before. 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!"
Aside from Lawrence, many other stars, including Chris Evans, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus have reacted to the election results. While some gave messages of hope, others expressed anger or disappointment, or like Lady Gaga, took to the streets to protest. – Rappler.com