Rashida Jones is one smart cookie!
Even though the Angie Tribeca star graduated from Harvard University back in 1997, she has still been discouraged from speaking her mind about politics because she’s a mere “stupid celebrity.”
But when the actress returned to her alma mater to guest speak at the class of 2016’s Class Day celebration — she made it clear she wasn’t holding back.
She told the crowd:
“I’ve been often told to shut up because I’m a stupid celebrity. But you know what? I don’t care.”
On Wednesday, the Parks and Recreation alum took the stage in Harvard Yard for a passionate speech that included remembering being hungover at her own graduation, and even snuck in a DJ Khaled quote for good measure.
But the 40-year-old then got serious, noting how she never backs down from being vocal about politics, continuing:
“Now is the time to be loud. Louder than the loudest troll on the Internet. We need it right now. People tend to think its annoying for celebrities to be vocal about politics … but I don’t care. There’s too much to fight for. The equality and respect that people before us have fought for and the laws put in place to protect these things are at risk of slipping away.”
Throughout her speech, Jones touched on several social issues that we needed to keep fighting for — and threw some shade at Donald Trump for encouraging the country to be “violent and racist.”
“Young, unarmed black men are being killed in record numbers. States are passing laws that are systematically stripping away women’s reproductive rights. A presidential candidate is encouraging us to be violent and racist, and wants to ensure that there be no gun-free zones in this country.”
We could agree more — and Jones’ advice is clearly not just for Harvard grads!
Watch her full speech (below)!
[Image via Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]