Jennifer Lawrence says the deadly hurricanes that have formed in the Atlantic Ocean over the last month — including Hurricane Irma, which is set to batter Florida this weekend — are the result of “Mother Nature’s rage and wrath.”
While talking to journalist Jackie Long from Britain’s Channel 4 about her upcoming movie mother!, the Oscar-winning actress said that she found the world in 2017 (and American politics in the era of President Donald Trump) “scary.”
“It’s scary. It’s this new language that’s forming — I don’t even recognize,” she said. “It’s scary to know, it’s been proven through science, that climate change is due to human activity. And we continue to ignore it, and the only voice we have is through voting,” Lawrence said. After Long said the American public had recently voted and selected Trump, who has denied the existence of climate change in the past, Lawrence said the result was “startling.”
“You’re watching these hurricanes now, and it’s hard — especially while promoting this movie, not to feel Mother Nature’s rage and wrath,” she said.
Of America in 2017, Lawrence added, “It’s really polarizing and upsetting. I’ve heard things and seen things on TV in my own country that devastate and make me sick. It’s really confusing.”
Long then asked if Lawrence finds Trump confusing. “I don’t find him confusing. I think I know exactly what he is,” the actress replied.
Lawrence has not been afraid to voice her political concerns since Trump announced his candidacy in 2015. “If Donald Trump becomes president, that will be the end of the world,” Lawrence told EW in 2015, adding, “I genuinely believe that reality television has reached the ultimate place where now even things like this might just be for entertainment.”
After Trump won, Lawrence wrote an essay for Broadly. “Do not let this defeat you — let this enrage you!” she wrote. “Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman — don’t be afraid, be loud!”