Celebrities React To The Pulse Orlando Shooting, Because This Effects Everyone
Early Sunday morning, a lone gunman opened fire in Orlando's Pulse nightclub, killing over 50 people and wounding over 50. The hostage situation — which took place in a three-hour span — shocked the nation who woke up on Sunday to the news, particularly considering it happened 24 hours after a shooting led to the death of Voice singer Christina Grimmie. And along with politicians and residents bringing attention to the shooting, celebrities tweeted tributes to the Orlando Pulse victims as well.
(Update: The FBI has updated the death toll to 49 victims. The shooter was also killed.)
For the most part, celebrities, like most who heard about the shootings on Sunday morning, felt at a loss, not knowing exactly what to do beyond the 140 characters spent mourning the victims of the attack. And, considering there has been over 150 mass shootings in 2016 alone, it's an easy feeling to identify with. When there's so much violence, seemingly every day in the U.S., what can be done to finally put a stop to the shootings? Especially since, seemingly every day in the U.S., there are calls to end that exact violence that continues to evolve?
So, as tweets poured in following the Orlando shooting, which is being labeled a terror attack by authorities and is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, many resembled this one in nature — celebrities, just like the rest of us, are horrified, but, at the same time, confused.
I'm at a loss for words. Praying for the families & loved ones of those killed in #Orlando, and also wondering what we can do to stop this.— Melinda Doolittle (@mdoolittle) June 12, 2016
Because, beyond outrage, what can we show to make incidents like these stop?
I'm heartbroken for the victims, for Orlando, for the LGBT community, for our country. When does it end?— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 12, 2016
This doesn't feel like my tragedy because I used to live in Orlando-- It feels like my tragedy because I live in a country that allows it.— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) June 12, 2016
Feeling sick and nauseous about the shooting in Orlando. My heart breaks for the victims. Feeling outraged and helpless.— Max Joseph (@maxjoseph) June 12, 2016
.i don't get it. I don't understand the NRA or how they have so much power. I used to live in #Orlando...so so sad— Tituss Burgess (@TitussBurgess) June 12, 2016
Sobbing.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 12, 2016
Others wanted to ensure that the shooting was labeled exactly what it was, a terror attack.
This is a terror attack, whether the shooter's white, black or Islamic.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 12, 2016
You shoot 60+ people, you're a terrorist. End. #orlando
While others took the opportunity to tweet their thoughts and prayers for those who have been killed in the Pulse shooting, mourning the loss of over 50 individuals.
My thoughts and prayers are w my brothers and sisters who were at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub. RIP to those who lost their lives.— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) June 12, 2016
Truly devastated. A gay bar is a place the LGBT community can go to feel safe. My heart goes out to the victims & families. #PrayForOrlando— Scott Hoying (@scotthoying) June 12, 2016
I am sickened to awake to the horrific news out of #Orlando. Smiling, happy, dancing people gunned down for no reason. Hug your friends. ❤️— Ross Mathews (@helloross) June 12, 2016
It's a sad day for Orlando and the nation — but, sadder yet, is the fact that this will likely not be the last time we hear helpless words from Hollywood and beyond.