Following the mass shooting in Orlando, which claimed the lives of 50 people who were at gay nightclub Pulse for Latin Night and which became the deadliest shooting in American history, celebrities have been showing solidarity with victims and survivors.
President Obama called the shooting an “act of terror and act of hate” in a statement to the American people. The tragedy has prompted a wide range of emotional reactions from celebrities and all of us.
Many, like Ellen DeGeneres and Lance Bass, spoke about the tears that came after they heard the shocking news.
I'm gutted over the news in Orlando- the tears will not stop. My thoughts are w my gay brothers and sisters and their families.
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) June 12, 2016
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 12, 2016
I'm horrified & deeply saddened by the senseless, tragic shooting in #Orlando. My heart breaks for the victims, their families & loved ones.
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) June 12, 2016
Others, like Justin Timberlake, shared their shock and confusion following news of the hate-fueled shooting.
What gives? My heart is breaking right now for the victims and families of this heartless act. I just don't get it.#PrayForOrlando
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 12, 2016
Horrified watching the news. Where has the love in our world gone. Honestly I don't know what to say. So sad. So wrong #PrayingForOrlando
— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) June 12, 2016
And many others called for an end to gun violence and demanded change.
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Madness. Hideous and cruel madness. To the survivors, and families of those slain, I'm so sorry. #StopGunViolence
It's a traumatizing & emotional time for a many people. I dream of the world reflecting on what we can do to change this violence. #Orlando
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 12, 2016
Horrified by the mass shooting in Orlando. When will we do something to prevent these killing sprees?
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 12, 2016
Country singer Kacey Musgraves took a different tack on Twitter, saying that she wished everyone could go back to “saloon days” where everyone carried “a revolver and anyone walkin in to disturb the peace might just think twice.” She deleted her post in response to a backlash, then tweeted, “Just hating hate. Lots of opinions in the mix. LOVE is the only true answer. Hard subject tho.”
Regardless of everyone’s diverse reactions to this shooting, which is being called the biggest body count on U.S. soil linked to terrorism since 9/11, one thing is painfully clear: The Orlando shooting has shaken people across America and the world. But there’s hope in the fact that many celebrities chose to focus on love, not hate.
My heart goes out to the victims and their families. Our community has suffered a tremendous loss. We must stand together more than ever.
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) June 12, 2016
Deeply moved that in the face of tragedy Orlando & Americans everywhere are coming together to give blood, love & support.This is who we are
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) June 12, 2016