Jennifer Lawrence encourages fans to let Donald Trump victory 'enrage' them

'If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of  colour , if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman – don’t be afraid, be loud'

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While most political figures and high-profile stars are calling for unity, calm and healing after the results of the US election, Jennifer Lawrence is calling for rage. 

Furious that the politically qualified Hillary Clinton lost out on the presidency to Donald Trump, the actress is urging her fans to let the results “enrage” them and then channel it into motivation.

The Hunger Games actress, who previously said Mr Trump becoming president would be “the end of the world”, vented her anger in a column for Broadly

“Is this the stark reality?," asked Lawrence. "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? The country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognised and respected are white men.”

Lawrence urged caution against “rioting in the streets” but said those angry by the result, as she is, should think about the next steps rather than dwell on what has already been.

The 26-year-old suggested researching the best way to save the planet if your environmental concerns have increased since electing Mr Trump, who has denied climate change. But when it came to giving advice to women feeling defeated and discouraged by the result, she came unstuck.

“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.

 

“We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was. But we mustn’t be defeated. 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.”

This is the second impassioned letter written by Lawrence about gender inequality. Last year, she wrote an essay in Lena Dunham’s Lenny letter about the gender pay gap after the Sony hack exposed the rate she and other actresses were paid in comparison to male actors.

Her letter finished by encouraging fans to make their anger productive. 

“Let this be the fire you didn’t have before,” she wrote. “If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of colour, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman – don’t be afraid, be loud!”

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