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“Don’t Let It Defeat You, Let It Enrage You” | Jennifer Lawrence

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After [Trump] hit the fan, there were countless post-election responses from celebrities and high-profile professionals. We have to say, our favourite probably came from Jennifer Lawrence...

Say what you will about celebrities dipping their toes into politics, as Ricky Gervais so wonderfully pointed out, you can’t complain when the boss of the Celebrity Apprentice is moving into the White House. So, with this in mind, we decided to turn to Oscar-winning actress, Jennifer Lawrence to highlight her inspiring message, concerning He Who Shall Not Be Named.

“Don’t let it defeat you,” she said, defiantly, “Let it enrage you.”

With this declaration, published in an open letter in Vice’s Broadley, Lawrence threw herself into the political pool and urged the public to stay motivated, as opposed to feeling beaten and downbeat after the shocking presidency results. She went on to say: “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 colour, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman – don’t be afraid, be loud!”

Sadly, you can’t spell disappointment with ‘appointment’ and the looming orange elephant in the room did, Lawrence admitted, evoke fear and concern in her. Nevertheless, she is striving to see beyond it.

“It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how qualified you are,” she wrote, “At the end of the day, if you’re not a man? Is that what we just learned? This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognised and respected, are white men.”

This was perhaps the most incisive and honest response we’d read, since everyone starting jumping on the Twitter bandwagon and waxing lyrical about what happened. Rather than rioting, or shifting the blame, Lawrence called for workers to unite and march towards the light, in spite of the foul rhetoric that has hindered us so far.

“We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was,” she said, finally, “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.”

Well said, you wonderful, beautiful force of nature…

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