Lady Gaga broke down in tears as she spoke at a vigil held in honour of the Orlando shooting victims on Monday (Jun. 13).
Speaking from the heart, the singer expressed her sincere condolences to the lives lost in Sunday's tragic events at Pulse nightclub, adding, “Tonight, I gather humbly with you, as a human being, in peace, in sincerity, in commitment, in solidarity, to take a real moment and mourn the tragic loss of these innocent, beautiful people.
I can’t help but feel that this level of hatred, like all prejudicial crimes, this is an attack on humanity itself.”
Thousands watched as Gaga struggled to find words to express her heartbreak over the loss of 49 innocent lives. “Tonight I will not allow my anger and outrage over this attack to overshadow our need to honour those who are grieving truly for their lost ones, lost members of the LGBT community. I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies.” The singer then proceeded to read the names of every victim.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 14, 2016
The tragedy has sparked an outcry of pain and anger among celebrities, many of whom have taken to social media to urge the government to review gun legislation. Anti-gun advocate Julianne Moore tweeted, "How many people have to be killed before we act as a nation to #EndGunViolence? #Orlando @Everytown @MomsDemand."
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) June 12, 2016
Dolly Parton voiced her shock and despair over the shootings during a press conference in Toronto yesterday. The country legend was in Canada to talk about her upcoming tour, but paused to reflect on the tragedy.
"We should love one another a little more, don't you think?" she told reporters," adding, "I think we all have to live in this world. We are all kinds of people and I think that everybody should be protected, everybody should be safe, everybody should be comfortable in their world, however they do."