It’s been four days since the tragic events that took place in Pulse nightclub in Orlando hit the Internet and the world is still in a place of mourning. Whilst many people have argued over the killer’s intentions for committing such a horrific act of violence, three YouTubers feel that the most important thing society needs to focus on right now is the innocent victims who did not survive one of the deadliest mass shootings in US history.
Here to make sure people stay focused on pressing issues and listen past dehumanising statements such as there being “49 people dead”, John Green believes “we should hear their names as much as possible”. In a short and incredibly emotional vlog, John adds that: “I don’t know what to say; I don’t know if I have anything constructive to say. I really just want to share with you the names of the people who were murdered”. We believe this is one of the most powerful messages uploaded to the Internet since the tragic news was broken, so please watch.
During the vlog, John reflects on his time spent in Orlando as a child, and how people always focused on the theme parks and fun times people could have in the city, and not the people creating that culture. He goes on to praise the LGBT and Latino community for creating such as “vibrant” city, as a means for John to spread love instead of the hate the murderer was hoping to incite. The second half of the vlog is dedicated to the names of each and every victim of the mass shooting as a chance to reflect and memorialise the dead, showing that we love and remember them. They will not be forgotten.
In addition to John’s powerful video, other YouTubers have since uploaded their own takes on the shooting, with Tyler Oakley and Hannah Hart particularly focusing on their emotional response as part of the LGBT community. Both Tyler and Hannah are both visibly upset in their videos and openly discuss how the events on Sunday morning struck a cord in their lives, hence why they needed to share their thoughts.
Tyler, who talks about both the Orlando Pulse attack and the Christina Grimmie tragedy, talks about how “boggled” he is that people can’t feel safe in “preschools, churches” and now not even nightclubs celebrating sexuality and culture. Also sharing his feelings of “being scared”, Hannah Hart’s video talks about how she is “afraid of you”, and how people watching the video just don’t care or feel too “hopeless or small” to help and take action. Through tears, she tells us to stop thinking that way and to stop thinking of yourself and choose to help those who desperately need it – “while prayers and thoughts are wonderful… it’s not as important as taking action, and aligning yourself with your thoughts and prayers. So if you really wanna help, then you have to help!”