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Jennifer Lawrence Explains Why She Spoke Out After Presidential Election

Variety logo Variety 12/20/2016 Sarah Ahern

After she penned an emotional essay in response to Donald Trump’s election win, Jennifer Lawrence received plenty of positive feedback, but also quite a bit of backlash. During an interview on “Good Morning America” on Monday, Lawrence revealed that she understands the frustrated response, but also acknowledged the need to recognize the “divide” in the country.

“I didn’t mean to speak to only people who voted for Hillary [Clinton],” Lawrence said in the interview with Michael Strahan. “I meant to just speak to the divide … for any presidential candidate, being very extreme is scary, left or right.”

In the essay, Lawrence discussed the need for Americans, especially women, people of color, immigrants, and members of the LGBT community, to push as hard as possible for progress. She also urged the public to not place blame on other individuals for Clinton’s defeat.

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In the “GMA” interview, Lawrence noted that the young women who were pre-teens when they started following her during “The Hunger Games” are currently of voting age, and still pay attention to her actions and values.

“When the election happened, I couldn’t help but think of those girls who are 18,” she said. “I completely understand when people say, ‘Just shut up and act.’ But for me there are times where I feel a real need to speak to those girls.”

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