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THE HUNGER GAMES: Jennifer Lawrence Tells 16 Million Fans To Help Track Down White Supremacists From Charlottesville

Jennifer Lawrence is apparently trying to take her role in the Hunger Games movies, as a one-woman resistance fighting a totalitarian government, and translate it to the real world.

The star took to Facebook on Monday to urge her fans to engage in a real life witch hunt: imploring them to root out Nazis and white supremacists hiding among their friends and neighbors, and post their faces and names on the internet so that they can be publicly shamed.

“These are the faces of hate. Look closely and post anyone you find,” Lawrence screeched on social media. “You can’t hide with the internet you pathetic cowards!”

Lawrence is certainly not the first celebrity to use Facebook or Twitter to call out her fellow Americans for their “hatred,” or drag President Donald Trump for his lackluster response to the brutal events in Charlottesville, where alt-right and Antifa demonstrators clashed, and a woman was killed when a white supremacist purposely drove his car into a crowd of people.

Lawrence appears to be, however, the first to claim she will actively participate in “outing” potential “white supremacists” and “haters” (though whether she plans to lock them in a dome and force them to fight each other to their untimely deaths, in the style of her hit movie franchise, is unclear).

Before she engages in any official campaign to seek out the white supremacists hiding in her midst, Lawrence might want to consider the possible ramifications of a misfire: the Twitter account @YesYoureRacist, which has been working to identify alt-righters and white nationalists involved in the Charlottesville rally, mis-identified one rally-goer as Kyle Quinn of Arkansas. The University of Arkansas wound lab supervisor, who was definitely not among the Charlottesville marchers, was forced to go into hiding after receiving hundreds of vulgar messages, including death threats.