Save us, Katniss!
That’s apparently the call Jennifer Lawrence (and literally no one else) heard ringing out from the heartland of America this year, because she told Entertainment Tonight this week that she was taking a temporarily sabbatical from her burgeoning silver screen career so she can focus on saving American democracy from the likes of the Republicans.
“I’m going to take the next year off,” she said when asked about her plans. “I’m going to be working with this organization as a part of Represent Us, trying to get young people engaged politically on a local level. It doesn’t have anything to do with partisan politics. It’s just anti-corruption and stuff trying to pass state by state laws that can help prevent corruption, fix our democracy.”
SURE it doesn’t have anything to do with partisan politics. You, a dyed-in-the-wool member of the Resistance, just happened to think this is a wonderful time to go out and get “young people” engaged in the democratic process. Nothing to do with wanting to throw Trump and the GOP out of office using little know-nothing millennial scrappers as your weapon of choice, of course not. We wouldn’t dare to suggest such a thing.
Obviously, Jennifer Lawrence is as free as anyone else to go out there and express her political opinion and become a, cough cough, community organizer. We hope she finds some happiness in her future endeavors. But don’t try to pull the wool over our eyes and make it sound like this has nothing to do with partisan politics, because we weren’t born yesterday. You would no sooner go out there and try to recruit voters who lean right than you would attend Trump’s second inauguration. Which is going to happen, by the way, sorry to let you know like this.
But we imagine this is not the last of the Hollywood arrogance we’ll see before the 2020 elections arrive. Even as we speak, you can bet that Oprah Winfrey is not the only celebrity thinking about challenging Donald Trump for the presidency. Who might run for the Democrat nomination? Will we see George Clooney finally do it? Will Alec Baldwin hang up his Trump wig and give it a go? Maybe Susan Sarandon has decided that she is the heir apparent to the Bernie Sanders phenomenon. It should be quite entertaining to watch a handful of celebs try to beat out the likes of Biden, Harris, and Warren for the nod, none of them understanding that Trump’s fame was only a small part of the potion that made him the perfect candidate.
But hey, Jennifer Lawrence is going to fix our democracy long before then, so who knows what might happen.