The Mary Sue Rejects Jennifer Lawrence’s Call for Non-Violence and Reason

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By Ian Miles Cheong | 11:42 am, November 18, 2016

The election is over and Donald Trump won, but the war rages on as a large segment of the American populace is protesting the outcome — some of whom have been less than peaceful in their opposition toward the President-elect.

As tensions run high and the anxiety of living under a Trump presidency is a thing many people have on their minds, Jennifer Lawrence penned an open letter calling for the nation to turn its fear and anger into hope rather than despair.

Published on VICE, the actress urges her readers to “think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past.”

“We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets,” says Lawrence, who proposes a variety of solutions on how to make a difference, and that it’s important for women to have hope and work for the future rather than feeling defeated.

“If you’re worried about the health of our planet, find out everything you can about how to protect it,” Lawrence says. “If you’re worried about racial violence love your neighbor 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 organize and stand against it.”

Lawrence’s call for everyone to set aside their differences and come up with constructive solutions instead of reacting destructively is an appeal to sanity. Unless you’re allergic to rationality, it’s hard to disagree with her.

Enter The Mary Sue, a site best known for the clutching of pearls over video games, which has turned Lawrence’s plea for peace into a divisive racial issue. After all, “intersectionality” demands that anything and everything be viewed through the blinkered lenses of race and gender.

The piece’s author, Keisha Hatchett, argues that calling for peace “silences the voices of the disenfranchised who should be heard more often than the sympathetic individuals who couldn’t even begin to imagine what it really feels like to be oppressed.” It beggars belief that the individuals arrested at the recent protests in Portland are in any way oppressed minorities, most of whom are white.

“I suppressed the rage of a thousand black Americans told to ‘turn the other cheek’ as their racist white neighbors hurled rocks at their heads,” says Hatchett, who goes on to accuse every Trump voter of supporting white supremacism.

“I’m tired of people bending over backwards to dismiss my feelings because they’ve tricked themselves into believing that they are morally neutral rather than privileged or willfully ignorant,” says Hatchett. “Instead of acting like some sort of emotional gatekeeper, I suggest you actually listen to these marginalized voices and direct that urge to whitesplain to your fellow white neighbors, instead.”

Cringe-inducing portmanteaus aside, isn’t that what Jennifer Lawrence was already doing?

Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken game critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.