Twitter Reactions To The Tonys Show It's Exactly What The World Needed Sunday Night
Sunday was, for lack of better words, a tough day. From the Orlando shooting that left more than 100 people dead or injured to the armed man caught on his way to the Los Angeles pride parade, it's been a horrific day for the United States. It might seem difficult to reconcile Sunday morning's tragedy with the evening's celebration of theater, music, and dance, but Twitter reactions to the Tonys showed it's exactly what the world needed after an incredibly sad day.
When host James Corden opened the awards, he briefly (and poignantly) explained how the Tony Awards are a celebration of the diversity and inclusion, saying:
And the Tony Awards celebrated that principle: love was celebrated, despite the tragedies of the morning, and fans took notice:
I've cried so far during every performance & win. Thank you Tony's for being a light & reminder of the power of love & acceptance & joy.— Monica Watson (@monicakwatson) June 13, 2016
Crying watching the Tonys. Is this a national group therapy session? My heart needed this after such a horrible day.— T.J. Sullivan (@intentionalTJS) June 13, 2016
May all young LGBT people that are scared tonight watch the Tonys as see and feel the love. Let's us pray for that feeling of safety— Juan Torres-Falcon (@JuanTF) June 12, 2016
This is the little bit of light I needed today. Thank goodness for the Tonys. #TonyAwards ❤️— Yung Meredith Viera (@MattMomTweets) June 13, 2016
It was the perfect way to pull the world back to the ground after a horribly sad day. I was unsure how I'd feel about watching something as celebratory and fun as the Tony Awards after such tragic events, but I was entirely wrong. The magic of theater lies in its vibrant, loving community and how everyone is welcome in it. Judging by the tweets from fans, they managed to remind the world of that sense of hope and love when we all needed it most.