Here's How The YouTube Community Paid Tribute To Victims Of The Nice Attack
15 July 2016, 16:02
After 84 people were killed by a lorry attack in the South of France, creators everywhere shared their own words of sadness, solidarity, and support.
Last night, at least 84 people were killed in Nice when a lorry slammed into crowds celebrating France's Bastille Day.
The attack was considered of "an undeniable terrorist nature" by French President Francois Hollande, as the truck driver drove for over 1.2km through crowds on the Promenade des Anglais last night.
My heart goes out to everyone in France… Again. I’m so sorry this keeps happening… https://t.co/Oxow3eYkz4— TomSka (@thetomska) July 15, 2016
As has been the case in many of the global tragedies affecting us in recent times, the YouTube creator community were among many others to share their feelings, respects, and support.
The collective feeling of uselessness is overwhelming.
It currently feels like a new attack seems to take place every day somewhere in the world; and while some may be unfairly more prolific than others, there's no denying that for every single bad piece of news that hits us, a certain feeling of helplessness gets stronger. It's a feeling many are sharing.
The feeling of uselessness is awful. My thoughts that are with Nice and all other states are suffer terrorism every day stop nothing...— Emma Blackery (@emmablackery) July 15, 2016
Just catching up on what happened in Nice. I was in that exact location last month. What can we even do or say anymore? I'm sad.— gunnarolla (@gunnarolla) July 15, 2016
And as the news begins to echo the hopelessness that's being felt, particularly in France at the moment, it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
"Learn to live with Terrorism"— Lily Melrose✌️ (@llymlrs) July 15, 2016
It breaks my heart hearing that. https://t.co/IWmpTCvyRZ
But there are ways to help.
#PortesOuverteNice is the hashtag being used in France, by those who are offering refuge and shelter for anyone affected by this attack. Several creators have taken the opportunity to share this out to help any followers who may have been affected.
If you're in Nice and you need refuge/shelter use the hashtag # PortesOuvertesNice and for those that don't - don't use the #hashtag— Hobbie Stuart (@HobbieStuart) July 14, 2016
Similarly, as calls for blood donation increase, those with influential social presence have taken to spreading the word, or even just standing in solidarity with our friends in France.
Hey guys. Here is how you might be able to help after the tragedy that happened in Nice.❤️ https://t.co/AO9er1CvuQ— Meg (@MegsDeAngelis) July 15, 2016
Whether you #PrayForNice or let them know you're thinking of them, let's all be there for France today. This is just heartbreaking.— Ellen Rose (@icklenellierose) July 15, 2016
Thinking of Nice today. This is happening too often and in too many places. pic.twitter.com/ROIVLkQcsN— Jim Chapman (@JimChapman) July 15, 2016
And of course, politics will tie into the Nice attack immediately.
At the time of writing, the killer has no confirmed affiliations, but that hasn't stopped numerous parties hopping onto the story and politicising it to suit their own narrative. Luckily, most in the YouTube community have better sense.
Another sad day. Thoughts are with everyone in Nice. Already seeing tweets targeting Muslims. Not all Muslims are bloody terrorists. Stop.— will (@willdarbyshire) July 15, 2016
And there are many who are trying to help highlight the good in the world to remind us that all isn't lost.
Humanity seems utterly shit after an event like Nice, but think of the boundless amount of good in the world.It's always infinitely more❤️— Riyadh Khalaf (@RiyadhK) July 15, 2016