With Christina Grimmie fans, friends and family still in a state of absolutely shock since the announcement of her death in the early hours of Saturday morning, it’s fair to say social media has been filled with messages of love and support. However, despite the world uniting in grief, it seems not all of the YouTube community have been 100% positive and this weekend YouTuber Onision came under fire after a series of tweets where he lambasted the hashtag #PrayForChristina.
Orlando police revealed that Christina Grimmie had been shot in the head at a meet and greet and, as news spread, the hashtag #PrayForChristina began circulating and later became the number one trending topic worldwide. As everyone waited for news on Christina’s critical state, social media was alight with messages of hope for the singer.
Sadly, not long after, we found out that Christina had died of her injuries.
However, despite the positivity, YouTuber Onision put his energy into bringing down people who made a decision to use the hashtag #PrayForChristina. It’s well known that Christina Grimmie was a strong Christian, even featuring the fact in her YouTube bio: “I’m a full on Christian, by the way. Jesus is my Savior and I looove Him and sing for Him”.
As the world united in Christina’s passing, the hashtag was less about religion and more about spreading hope and keeping fingers crossed that Christina would make a full recovery. So when Onision ranted about the use of the hashtag and used it as an opportunity to preach about atheism, it’s safe to say a lot of people were mad at his clear disrespect.
Onision continued with further ranting tweets and seemed to want to shine attention on himself and his own beliefs in a time when the YouTube community was in mourning. As you can imagine, Onision recieved thousands of tweets back criticising his lack of sensitivity.
We’re going to sign off this article with a beautiful Christina Grimmie performance. Rest In Peace, Christina.