Thoughts & prayers aren’t enough: YouTubers speak out about Orlando and Christina Grimmie

It goes without saying that our hearts go out to the friends and family of YouTuber and singer Christina Grimmie, who was shot last Friday and died of her wounds the following day, and the 49 killed in an Orlando gay club on Saturday evening. A wave of sadness has hit the US and our hearts feel heavy too with this hateful attack on what is one of the brightest communities in our society.


In light of this horrific act, it’s hard to know exactly what to do in order to somehow help and turn this ugly side of the world around. Especially those of us across the pond who have no way of involving ourselves in all that messy politics.

However, a handful of YouTubers have spoken out about the shootings and we wanted to share just a few of them. In turn, we would be eternally grateful for you to tweet the videos and create a conversation. The only way to be heard is to make a noise, so let’s build up a raucous.

In a heart-wrenching, eloquent video Hannah Hart talks about the danger of being complacent in the face of something awful happening, and urges her viewers to act by approaching their senators to let them know they’re not happy about current gun laws.

Tyler Oakley’s emotional discussion on the horrific events points out that, again, whilst thoughts and prayers are all well and good, they do nothing. Much the same as Hannah, he directs his American viewers to the ways in which they can help, by generating a discussion and demanding change from elected representatives.

Here at MP! we find ourselves particularly relating to Alfie Deyes’ loss for words. As a fellow Brit, there’s not a lot that we can do in the way of approaching those in charge. With a stretch of ocean between us and no way in which to have our say in US politics, we feel incompetent and empty handed in taking a stand. But, as he states in his vlog, we need to take this as an incentive to vote and let our voices be heard when we can, even if we feel like it won’t make a difference.

His video also pinpoints the very essence of YouTube’s importance in our day-to-day lives. It’s a breath of fresh air on a horrible day. Although some YouTubers may not add a lot in regards to serious conversation, they do bring light much like Christina did with her covers.

RIP to those lives lost and our deepest condolences to everyone effected. Let’s take this heartbreaking event and allow it to fuel a fire of change. Tweet us @maximumpop and share these moving videos.

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