A host of stars have spoken out following the news that Donald Trump has been elected as the next president of the United States, including Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence, who has urged women and minorities to be “loud and proud”, no matter what.
The Oscar-winning actress, 26, used a post on Broadly as a call to action for those who may be feeling scared after Trump’s win.
She asked for immigrants, people of colour, those who are LGBTQ+ and women to not be afraid and offered her thoughts on how the country can best work together to move forward, to be united, and she also said that the answer is not to “riot in the streets”.
Jennifer wrote: “I want to be positive; I want to support our democracy, but what can we take away from this? It’s a genuine question that we all need to ask ourselves. 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.
“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 neighbour 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 organise 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.”
The overarching message was one of hope and togetherness, and the actress concluded that people should be more like losing presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in that they must be an “inspiration and get important things done”.
Other stars who have spoken out include One Direction star Niall Horan and Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation, who wrote a letter following the election result.
Lost the plot https://t.co/kTD8zRwHYF— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) November 11, 2016
Niall, 23, retweeted a post made by Trump that read: “Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”
The singer retorted: “Lost the plot.”
It's a sad state of affairs but the one thing you can take from it is that map they've shown of how the young people voted.— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) November 9, 2016
Grin and bare with this guy.No one knows what to expect ,everyone's nervous but I'm sure the American people will have more sense in 4 years— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) November 9, 2016
....... well we all hope so— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) November 9, 2016
This followed his response on Twitter as the results had come through. Niall wrote to his 27.7m fans: “It’s a sad state of affairs but the one thing you can take from it is that map they’ve shown of how the young people voted.
“Grin and bare with this guy. No one knows what to expect, everyone’s nervous but I’m sure the American people will have more sense in 4 years (sic)……. well we all hope so (sic).”
Amy’s letter from her infectiously cheerful character Leslie, who it is believed later goes on to become president herself, began with a typically amusing story before getting to the real matter at hand.
She wrote, on Vox: “I acknowledge that Donald Trump is the president. I understand, intellectually, that he won the election. But I do not accept that our country has descended into the hatred-swirled slop pile that he lives in.”
Speaking to young girls, she added: “Our president-elect is everything you should abhor and fear in a male role model. He has spent his life telling you, and girls and women like you, that your lives are valueless except as sexual objects.
“He has demeaned you, and belittled you, and put you in a little box to be looked at and not heard. It is your job, and the job of girls and women like you, to bust out.
“He is the present, sadly, but he is not the future. You are the future. Your strength is a million times his. Your power is a billion times his. We will acknowledge this result, but we will not accept it. We will overcome it, and we will defeat it.”
She concluded: “Now find your team, and get to work.”