I’ve just finished watching the ‘One Love Manchester’ concert on TV and I’m an emotional wreck. The way that so many well-known artists from around the world have come together to show their support and love for those affected by the Manchester terror attack is truly awe-inspiring.
On the 22nd of May 2017, something terrible happened. Excited children and teenagers were attending a pop concert at Manchester Arena. They’d had the time of their lives, but that was ruined by a coward who decided to use religion as an excuse to act in such a senseless, inhumane manner. 22 people lost their lives, and hundreds of innocent people were injured. I still can’t quite grasp the fact that this happened, if I’m honest. I’m absolutely devastated that something like this could take place at an Ariana Grande concert on a normal Monday night. It’s just shocking that innocent civilians had to have their short lives taken away from them in an act of Islamic extremism. Why them? What did they do wrong? Why is the world we live in such a terrible place?
These are undoubtedly the questions on everyone’s minds right now, especially since another terror attack has since taken place in London. A further seven people have been killed and 48 people injured due to an attack in the Borough Market area of the city. This happened last night on the 3rd June 2017, just a day before the One Love Manchester concert was due to take place at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground to raise funds for the victims.
Anyway, we all know what happened. I don’t need to keep going on about it. The fact is, it has happened, and it’s tragic. It’s evil, and it’s cruel, and it’s heartbreaking. But as we keep saying, we must stand together. We must grasp our British values to our chests and keep calm and carry on. If we hide away in fear that another event like this will take place, then we are letting them win. We must go about our daily lives and not be frightened of what could happen. Our amazing security and emergency services have shown so much immense bravery in the wake of these attacks, and we should all be so grateful for them and their hard work.
One thing that has struck me as so incredibly beautiful since the Manchester attack is the reaction of Ariana Grande. I can’t imagine how devastating this has been for her. Thousands of her young fans had come to show their love and support for her at her concert, many of which were killed and injured. She has since offered to pay for the funerals of the victims, visited some of the injured children, and donated $1 million. Not only this, but herself and her team organized the One Love Manchester concert, which provided free tickets to those who were at the original concert on the 22nd May. Among those who performed were Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and of course, Liam Gallagher made a surprise appearance, which was amazing.
It’s obvious that Ariana has been deeply affected by what has happened. I mean, anyone would be. She’s only 23 years old, and so many people who adored her have been killed. I can’t imagine what I would do in that position. The way she has dealt with this tragic event is so inspiring, and truly shows what a good person she is. I mean, she changed practically her entire set list at the One Love Manchester show after she met the mother of one of the victims, Olivia Campbell. Olivia’s mum reportedly told Ariana, “Olivia wouldn’t want you to cry. She’d want to hear the hits.” And with that, Grande decided to sing her most well-known songs and changed the order of the concert completely with only a day to spare. How amazing is that?
I don’t really know what I’m aiming for with this blog post; I’m just nattering. I’m blown away after watching the concert and I wanted to talk about it, and how much I admire Ariana Grande for how she has reacted, how much I love Manchester for how they have united, and how upset I am that this even happened in the first place.
But #WeStandTogether, and that is what is important right now.
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