Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Jennifer Lawrence: “I pray for sanity and compassion to return to the White House”

jennifer lawrence zelda.jpg

As Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence became a galvanising symbol of rebellion against the oppressive and totalitarian regime of the Capitol.

And it seems as if the actor has more in common with her character than we first realised, as she’sspoken out against Trump – this time on his controversial ‘Muslim ban’.

Read more: Trump signs anti-abortion law – in a room surrounded by men

Taking to Facebook, she wrote: “My broken heart goes out to the innocent lives of Muslim refugees that are trying to escape terror and find safety for their families.

“I and millions of Americans understand that someone's race or religion should never keep them in harm's way.”

Then, turning her attention to the President of the United States himself, the actor issued some strongly worded advice.

“It should be every person's duty to help and protect anyone no matter their nationality,” she said. “I pray for sanity and compassion to return to the White House.”

Read more: The best and most badass signs from the Women’s March

This is, of course, not the first time that the Passengers star has spoken out against the politician. 

Lawrence has long been a critic of Trump, and following his election win wrote a short editorial for website Broadly, in which she lamented the fact that a former reality star had beaten seasoned politician Hillary Clinton to the role of POTUS.

“Is this the stark reality?” she wrote. “It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how qualified you are, at the end of the day, 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 recognized and respected are white men.”

Trump's immigration ban has sparked riots and protests all over the world

Trump's immigration ban has sparked riots and protests all over the world

Despite her own sorrow, however, Lawrence went on to call upon the citizens of America – and urged them to fight all the harder against Trump’s divisive and discriminatory policies.

“Do not let this defeat you – let this enrage you!” she wrote at the time. “Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before.”

Read more: Why we should all aspire to be the woman that Trump despises

On Friday, Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order that halts refugees from entering the country, as well as immigrants from seven “majority-Muslim countries,” including Syria, Somalia and Iran. 

Gillian Christensen, the acting Department of Homeland Security spokesperson, told Reuters this action also applies to green card holders – which means that 218 million people have effectively been banned from the United States of America.

Following the immediate backlash – from celebrities, world leaders, and the general public alike - Trump has since released a statement of his own on Facebook.

In it, he took the media to task for calling the policy a "Muslim ban," and said his new policy was “similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.”

Trump added: “This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.”


hillary clinton.JPG

Hillary Clinton bans male ejaculation – in a room surrounded by women

World responds to Trump's immigration ban

The world hits back at Trump’s immigration ban


Stranger Things cast slam Donald Trump in powerful SAG Awards speech


This massive star was very nearly in Hocus Pocus

Oh sisters, how very different things could have been

by Nicola Colyer
20 Oct 2017

Quentin Tarantino on not doing more to stop Harvey Weintsein

“I knew enough to do more than I did”

by Nicola Colyer
20 Oct 2017

Lupita Nyong’o says she was harassed by Harvey Weinstein as a student

“He told me not to be so naïve. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing.”

by Moya Crockett
20 Oct 2017

Mary Berry takes part in heartbreaking film about child bereavement

“I would thank him for being a brilliant son.”

by Amy Swales
20 Oct 2017

Margot Robbie writes stirring open letter to Hollywood

by Nicola Colyer
19 Oct 2017

Gabrielle Union shares a powerful message about rape and harassment

The star says she’ll “keep talking out” for survivors like herself

by Susan Devaney
19 Oct 2017

Why the singer has opened up about her mental health

The singer says it was “really, really bad” during her time with the band

by Susan Devaney
19 Oct 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Madonna’s touching tribute to a Cruel Intentions reunion

by Nicola Colyer
19 Oct 2017

Anna Faris understands why people were obsessed with her relationship

She and Chris Pratt were often hailed as #relationshipgoals

by Amy Swales
19 Oct 2017

Cher is starring in the Mamma Mia! sequel and we can’t wait for 2018

Can you hear the drums, Fernando?

by Susan Devaney
18 Oct 2017