Hate and Love in Manchester

Sarah Messinger

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On May 22nd, 2017, two bombs went off at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 people and injuring 59. Immediate police speculation included thoughts about terrorism, and further investigation found that the cause of these explosions was a suicide bomber. Ariana was devastated by these attacks, and who can blame her? She cancelled the rest of the shows on the U.K leg of her Dangerous Woman tour because she was “in no state to perform” according to her manager Scooter Braun until she performed in Paris, France shortly after the One Love Manchester fundraiser concert. Throughout the night of the attack in Manchester, several family members and friends spent hours on Twitter frantically searching for help with finding their missing relatives and best friends that weren’t picking up their phones after the show. Many people were found and taken in by the Holiday Inn and other hotels in the area, but others weren’t so lucky.

I have a mutual on Twitter from Manchester who I talk to quite a bit because I’m in a group chat with her. She was telling us that nearly half her school was at that concert, and two people she knew were hurt. She says she’s terrified to even go back to the venue, and she was supposed to be going to a show there in just a few weeks time.

It’s shocking that people have the audacity to joke about this.  At Monomoy, there have been a lot of kids throwing around careless comments and it’s appalling. People literally died there. Children, parents, siblings, best friends are lost and they’re never coming back, and kids have the nerve to laugh about it? I read one Tweet that talked about how one second a girl was dancing, yelling, and laughing with her best friend, and the next second the friend was lying on the floor, dead. Is it really still funny now?

Several musicians and other celebrities have addressed the situation online and expressed their emotions towards the act, such as Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Kim Kardashian West, and Ellen DeGeneres, among many others.

 

A few days after the attacks, Ariana organized a fundraiser event called One Love Manchester, where all ticket money would go to the families of the victims and those who were hurt at the concert. Donations could also be made online by willing patrons. Ariana also offered to pay for the victims’ funerals. She asked several celebrities to perform at the event including Niall Horan, Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Robbie Williams, Take That, Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry. According to the audience, the show was wonderful and the performers held so much emotion and passion for the events that took place there, and it was a great idea to combat the hate. “I think the One Love Manchester concert was the best civilian response to terrorism there could have been”, says Twitter user @amanda_mccurry. By the end of the night, more than $2,000,000 in donations was raised for the victims.

Ariana has done so well in proving that we can come together and unite strongly, and show that terrorism won’t divide us. Although she was broken and scared after what happened, she did her best to overcome it and help the families and individuals affected.

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