Orlando Nightclub Mass Shooting: The World Reacts
50 people were killed and 53 more injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, which occurred during Pride Month.
The entertainment industry was quick to react to the Sunday morning mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla. Fifty people were killed and 53 more injured, making the terrorist act the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Openly gay stars like Ellen DeGeneres, George Takei, Matt Bomer, Lance Bass and Dustin Lance Black indicated they were grieving for the victims, as did GLAAD. DeGeneres tweeted simply "Sobbing" to her more than 60 million followers. Bomer wrote, "My heart goes out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy in Orlando. There are no words. Sending love and prayers." Bass said in part "the tears will not stop." Takei urged his followers to go to the gofundme page set up to support the victims of the shooting. Black, who won a best original screenplay Oscar in 2008 for his work on Milk, also wanted action and said not only were his heart and soul with those in Orlando but also his anger. "Our love and prayers are not enough. GUN. CONTROL. NOW," he tweeted.
The call for gun control reform also was shared by many stars, including members of the Broadway community speaking out ahead of the Tony Awards on Sunday night. Alan Cumming, who hosted last year's Tonys with Kristin Chenoweth, tweeted, "How many people have to die for the Republicans to stop blocking even the mildest reform of US gun laws?"
Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, currently starring in Fully Committed, called the shooting a "senseless and horrific tragedy." "Heartbroken for my LGBTQ brothers & sisters," he wrote. "Time for change. #GunControlNow." Broadway veteran Audra McDonald, surprisingly not nominated for a Tony this year for her performance in Shuffle Along, also called for action: "When does this end? When do we demand a change? When do we finally wake up from this God awful nightmare?" Meanwhile Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose show is up for a record 16 Tonys, simply shared one of the popular memes circulating in the wake of the tragedy: a heart with a rainbow flag inside of it over the word "Orlando."
The Pulse massacre took place just hours before the Tony Awards, which will be dedicated to the victims of the shooting. The award show's Twitter account expressed the organization's sympathy for those affected. Meanwhile, Laura Benanti, set to perform on Sunday's show, declared that her performance would serve as an additional tribute. "Tonight, every note I sing will be in remembrance of the lives taken in Orlando," she wrote on social media.
The Book of Mormon alum Josh Gad stopped short of calling for gun-control reform but indicated he was angry about the shooting and felt it was time to do something to stop such tragedies. "Oh God. I just woke up to the news about #Orlando. My heart has just been kicked. I am so F—ING tired of mass shootings. E-N-O-U-G-H!!!!"
Meanwhile John Legend also called for action, writing, "Horrified by the mass shooting in Orlando. When will we do something to prevent these killing sprees?"
Others reacted to the shooting by condemning the hate seemingly expressed by the gunman and calling for love. "There's enough hate in this world. It's just too much. Let people live their lives. Let them love. Enough hate. Let the madness end now," director Paul Feig tweeted. Aisha Tyler added, "Hate is a poison. It destroys everything it touches & undermines our most precious American value: freedom." Calls for love over hate were also shared by Antonio Banderas and Cheyenne Jackson. Empire's Jussie Smollett, meanwhile, urged people to stop perpetuating hatred, writing, "W/ every slur we throw about so carelessly& every turned cheek we possess, these crimes will continue. #PrayForOrlando"
Many stars also shared some of the memes that became popular in the wake of the shooting: rainbow-filled images of Florida and hearts.
Many politicians, including presumptive Democratic and Republican presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and other public figures also shared their thoughts on social media.
Keep track of The Hollywood Reporter's live updates on the news story here and read reactions from Hollywood stars and public figures below.
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight's ceremony to them. (2/2)— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) June 12, 2016
Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando. (1/2)— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) June 12, 2016
Tonight, every note I sing will be in remembrance of the lives taken in Orlando.— Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) June 12, 2016
Woke up to hear the devastating news from FL. As we wait for more information, my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 12, 2016
Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
Just heard about the horrifying attack in Florida. My love and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters. Heartbreaking.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) June 12, 2016
Our hearts go out to the victims of the unspeakable tragedy in #Orlando, their families and all who grieve with them.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 12, 2016
Another unthinkable mass shooting. A never ending nightmare. We must find a way to stop the hate. Love is the only way.— Cheyenne Jackson (@cheyennejackson) June 12, 2016
I am so sad and heartbroken over the tragedy in #Orlando. My thoughts and prayers are with you.— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) June 12, 2016
Every time I log on....when does it end? Praying for Orlando...— Zendaya (@Zendaya) June 12, 2016
My heart breaks for the lives lost in Orlando. Just breaks.— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) June 12, 2016
My heart goes out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy in Orlando. There are no words. Sending love and prayers.— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) June 12, 2016
Horrified by the mass shooting in Orlando. When will we do something to prevent these killing sprees?— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 12, 2016
Very difficult to work this morning. My heart, my soul and my anger are in #Orlando.— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) June 12, 2016
Devastated by the news out of FL. Whatever the madness behind this, let us all come together first to support victims & their loved ones.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 12, 2016
To help support the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, there is now a gofundme page: https://t.co/UGbgnNWS5m— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 12, 2016
Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
We will observe a moment of silence today along the entire Parade route at 10:45 am.— LA PRIDE (@LAPRIDE) June 12, 2016
We stand in solidarity with our community and grieve for the victims and families affected by this horrific and senseless act of violence.— LA PRIDE (@LAPRIDE) June 12, 2016
There's enough hate in this world. It's just too much. Let people live their lives. Let them love. Enough hate. Let the madness end now.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 12, 2016
When does this end? When do we demand a change? When do we finally wake up from this God awful nightmare? https://t.co/wJICoKBQ96— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) June 12, 2016
Oh God. I just woke up to the news about #Orlando. My heart has just been kicked. I am so FUCKING tired of mass shootings. E-N-O-U-G-H!!!!— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 12, 2016
Take time to mourn those lost in #Orlando & pray for their families.Terror & violence have no place in our world. We must fight it together.— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) June 12, 2016
Sobbing.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 12, 2016
What...keeping Orlando in my prayers!! Foreal though this is sick smh— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) June 12, 2016
Heartbroken for the devastating loss of life in Orlando. When will we change our guns laws! Praying for the victims and families.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) June 12, 2016
Our hearts break for the victims and families of this horrific act of violence. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community in #Orlando.— GLAAD (@glaad) June 12, 2016
I am gay and I am not afraid. Love conquers all. #PrayforOrlando— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) June 12, 2016
We aren't afraid. pic.twitter.com/BmY1FGuhyA— Rob McElhenney (@RMcElhenney) June 12, 2016
I'm truly at a loss for words. To everyone in Orlando affected by this massacre, my thoughts, love, & prayers are with u— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 12, 2016
Also, it's #LaPride today. be safe, proud and full of love. They will never win. Really wish I could be there with y'all. I love you.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 12, 2016
I'm gutted over the news in Orlando- the tears will not stop. My thoughts are w my gay brothers and sisters and their families.— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) June 12, 2016
Hate is a poison. It destroys everything it touches & undermines our most precious American value: freedom. pic.twitter.com/jiVYXDosEb— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) June 12, 2016
NEW YORK: There will be a vigil for the victims of the terror attack in Orlando at 6 PM tonight outside the Stonewell Inn.— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) June 12, 2016
Devastated for our friends and family in the queer community. Our hearts, our anger, our tears are for you today. pic.twitter.com/l0Yw97XcPK— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) June 12, 2016
So sad about this tragic news #OrlandoShooting praying for the families of those who lost loved ones.— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) June 12, 2016
I pray for all the victims families during this shooting epidemic. That their pain be met with compassion and support from the world.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 12, 2016
How many people have to die for the Republicans to stop blocking even the mildest reform of US gun laws? pic.twitter.com/D3dsNXvXMA— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) June 12, 2016
My heart goes out 2 the families & friends of those who lost their lives in Orlando last nite. A sad, horrific day in US history.— Sean Hayes (@theseanhayes) June 12, 2016
The Queen: "Prince Philip & I have been shocked by the events in Orlando. Our thoughts & prayers are with all those who have been affected"— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 12, 2016
My❤️ Breaks for the LGBTQ community in Orlando!We are 1! You Touch one of us you Touch All of us! Freedom ain't Free! STAND UP AMERICA!— Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) June 12, 2016
What gives? My heart is breaking right now for the victims and families of this heartless act. I just don't get it.#PrayForOrlando— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 12, 2016
I'm hurt. I'm angry.— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) June 12, 2016
Shocked & heartbroken. Sending all my thoughts & prayers to my bothers & sisters in Orlando. Be safe the rest of this weekend friends #pride— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 12, 2016
My heart is breaking for our country & for those who lost friends/family members in this horrific act of hate & violence. #StandWithOrlando— Megan Hilty (@meganhilty) June 12, 2016
I'm heartbroken for the victims, for Orlando, for the LGBT community, for our country. When does it end?— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 12, 2016
I'm too sad. Feeling helpless. I want a better world for my son. I want to take away the pain of the mothers of Orlando sons. so so sorry.— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) June 12, 2016
In NYC but I'm so sad to read of the #nightclub shooting in Orlando. Enough! My heart goes out to the victims and their families & friends.— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) June 12, 2016
When will the violence end? #PrayingForOrlando— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) June 12, 2016
feeling such sadness for the victims in #Orlando and their families. sending love and strength. hard to make sense of the senseless.— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) June 12, 2016
Shocked by the senseless tragedy in Orlando. We must stand together against hate and intolerance.— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) June 13, 2016
Military weapons belong in the military . pic.twitter.com/dXv3hH40dN— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) June 12, 2016
Beyond sad for the victims & their families. We must find intelligent solutions to this scourge. Peace. #orlando— Owen Teague (@RealOwenTeague) June 12, 2016
AR-15 assault rifles are banned in UK.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 12, 2016
Nobody ever gets shot with an AR-15 in the UK.
Wake up, America. #orlando
To my brothers and sisters of the LGBTQ community please take the time to read this. If you have not already heard there was a terrible shooting at a gay night club in Orlando. It is not only a sad day for the #LGBTQ community, but for the American people. 50 people lost their lives because of a hateful coward with a gun. Let this hateful act of terror on the #LGBTQ community be a wake up call for America. Men and women of all races, ages, and sexual orientation are being slaughtered because of hate crimes. How many more must die from a hate crime? We need to create awareness for ALL to show that hate is not the foundation of our nation. Friends DO NOT let this coward put fear into your hearts!!! Let us all come together stronger than ever and let the world know that we will not be terrorized or bullied by the actions of hateful bigots. We are here to stay and fight not only for equality, but for our very existence. To the victims love ones of this terrible crime I and the entire #LGBTQ community in the world stands with you and mourns with you. #standwithorlando #prayfororlando #love #peace #lbgtq #pride
Nothing has changed!!!! People continue to senselessly die. When will these gun laws be changed?!?!?!?!!!!?????— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 12, 2016
Trump congratulates himself on being right on terrorism. That's how he responds after this horrific tragedy. Nuff said.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) June 12, 2016
Last night I was thinking about our nation...my son...this world...what I am contributing to it.. And I posted this...and today I post it again. I'm not asking Americans to lose rights..I'm not asking everyone to turn in their guns. I'm asking my fellow Americans to acknowledge we need a system to protect our future and the freedoms we claim to hold so dear. We need gun control laws to add to our freedoms not take away. We need to make the right decisions for the next generation. I have so much more to say but for now all I will say is how many more speeches and tragedies will it take? We only get a certain amount of time on this earth and our responsibility is to our kids. How can we look our sons and daughters in the eye with all we have now seen and not try? Not try to better this world for THEM!? We are better than this. God bless America.. But God isn't going to change this... He gave us free choice. Let's choose to make a difference.
My heart goes out to the LGBT community & all involved in another senseless act of evil. Peace & prayers. pic.twitter.com/Xzs2FZZVdg— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) June 12, 2016
I just can't believe this is the world we live in today.— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) June 12, 2016
The tragedy in Orlando is just beyond sad. My deepest regrets to all those suffering. There are no words that suffice. I'm...stunned.— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 12, 2016
Almost 300k have died & over a million shot in last ten years & pro-gun people want nothing done or more guns? That's ur idea??#Orlando— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) June 12, 2016
Madness. Hideous and cruel madness. To the survivors, and families of those slain, I'm so sorry. #StopGunViolence— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 12, 2016