Jennifer Lawrence responded to the controversy over her post-election essay, and we totally get where she’s coming from

In the weeks since the presidential election results, many people have voiced their opinions and concerns in the form of essays and protests. And now that the electoral college has formally elected Donald Trump as president, it’s not surprising that more are joining the conversation.

In fact, Jennifer Lawrence penned an emotional election essay for Vice’s Broadly channel — called Don’t Be Afraid: Be Loud — and she received criticism for targeting her words only to Hillary Clinton supporters. But she responded…

Graceful as always, she addressed the backlash during her appearance on Good Morning America. And we totally get it.

"I didn’t mean to speak to only people who voted for Hillary [Clinton]. I meant to just speak to the divide. For any presidential candidate, being very extreme is scary, left or right."


She went on to talk about the female fans who have grown up with her — many whom have now reached voting age now — and how important it was to send a positive message to them.

"When the election happened, I couldn’t help but think of those girls who are [now] 18. 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."


Yup, we get where she’s coming from! And we’re actually super glad to see someone in J-Law’s position getting involved and trying to make a difference.

And remember, just because the election is over, it doesn’t mean you have to cease involvement in the political conversation. There are plenty of ways to get more involved, such as volunteering, donating to worthy causes, writing essays, and talking to people about your views (especially if those people might be coming from a different perspective!).

All of these things can help — and don’t let anyone make you believe differently!

H/T: Cosmo