Jennifer Lawrence urges disappointed US voters to keep their 'hope'
Jennifer Lawrence has penned a moving open letter in the wake of the US presidential election result urging disappointed voters not to lose "hope".
The 26-year-old actress has urged people to "be loud" and stand up for what they believe in after controversial Republican candidate Donald Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House this week.
In the letter posted online by Vice Magazine's Broadly column, the 'Hunger Games' star said: "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? This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognised and respected are white men.
"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."
The Oscar winner also took the time to speak up for women and ethnic minorities, many of whom felt alienated by Trump's campaign.
She continued: "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.
"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 'Joy' actress finished her letter by reassuring readers they are "allowed to be sad" about the result, and insisted they should be "like Hillary" and lead by example.
She wrote: "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. It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail. And like Hillary, it might not work.
"But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done. 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 colour, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman - don't be afraid, be loud!"