This past weekend our nation faced another, and on of the worst mass shootings to date. At this moment, at least 50 people have been murdered and more than 53 have been wounded by gunman Omar Mateen. In light of this horrific act, the music community has not remained silent. Here are five acts that spoke out this weekend.
As one of the biggest artists in the world, Adele didn't have to say anything about Orlando. She could've remained silent, but instead she gave a short, heartfelt speech about the tragedy. "I would like to start tonight by dedicating this entire show to everybody in Orlando at Pulse nightclub last night." She went on to say, "The LGBTQIA community, they're like my soulmates since I was really young, so I'm really moved by it." After her speech, Adele took a moment to let her tears fall but stayed strong and moved into her set.
NYC GAY MEN'S CHORUS
Today on Good Morning America the NYC Gay Men's Chorus performed the song "Light" from the Broadway musical Next to Normal
. The song includes lyrics such as "Some hurts never heal, some ghosts are never gone, but we go on, we go on." The NYC Gay Men's Chorus choose a beautifully fitting song to honor the lives lost this weekend and during the performance pictures from memorials and vigils were also displayed.
Yesterday during radio station Hot 99.5s Pride celebration concert, Meghan Trainor spoke about the Orlando shooting by saying, "No incident or no person should ever make us stop loving ourselves or stop celebrating how amazing each and every one of us are. So tonight we are gonna dance our asses off." VIA
At the same Hot 99.5 Pride celebration concert, Charlie Puth also spoke up about the Orlando tragedy and said, "Every single person that lost their life last night, a piece of their soul left them and went into every single one of us tonight to give us this beautiful night." After Puth's heartfelt address, he performed "See You Again" in honor of the lost lives in the shooting.
THE TONY AWARDS
While not a singular musical act, the Tony Awards still had a strong and genuine display of solidarity last night. When talking about the tragedy, host James Corden said, "Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is, you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy. Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality, and gender is equal and is embraced and is loved. Hate will never win." Corden was able to set the tone for the 70th Tony Awards which was both celebratory as well as reflective.
During his acceptance speech for Best Score, Lin-Manuel Miranda recited a passionate message dedicated to everyone affected by the killings in Orlando. Mirandas acceptance speech included powerful quotes such as This show is proof that history remembers. We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers remembrances that hope and love last longer. Needless to say, the Tony Awards is proof that the public acts of solidarity from household names that we've witnessed are genuine.
The mass shooting in Orlando is a reminder that the fight for equity and acceptance of the LGBTQIA community is far from finished. Same-sex marriage has been legal for almost a year now in the USA and the fact that the largest mass shooting in USA history was centered on a gay club is no coincidence. Don't get caught up in reports about the possibility of the gunman having Islamic ties. Now isn't the time for us to point fingers and slander other groups of people with Islamophobic and Xenophobic sentiments. This wasn't Islams fault. Hatred was at fault when this incident occurred. In the wake of this tragedy, one can only hope that politicians, as well as all citizens of the U.S, realize the significance and urgency with which we need to act in regards to gun control and equal protection of LGBTQIA people. Now more than ever, we need to come together and show the world that this attack has only increased our pride within and for the LGBTQIA community.