People have been reacting in all sorts of ways to the tragic events outside of Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester earlier this week. Perhaps some of the most uplifting things that have come out of it, is seeing how supportive other fandoms have been toward Ariana and her fans the Arianators during this tragedy.
Celebrities like Shawn Mendes and Katy Perry have begun to urge their fans to take this time to unite with one another, and to put their differences aside and to choose love instead. At Shawn's concert in Paris earlier this week, before the show started a screen displayed the black ribbon in shape of Ari's signature bunny ears while fans sang along to her hit "One Last Time."
The crowds at Shawn Mendes' show tonight in Paris. So much love. pic.twitter.com/OB8Kjq02Jv
— soph (@ruinsoph) May 24, 2017
It was quite touching to hear fans belting out the lyrics, that have now taken a much deeper meaning and fans agreed that the support coming from other fandoms has been moving for everyone that has been mourning the victims.
— amy (@lalisastouch) May 23, 2017
Katy appeared on the Elvis Duran Show Tuesday and spoke about the importance of coming together in dark times like these. “No barriers, no borders, like, we all need to just coexist,” she said about online fandoms.
"The greatest thing we can do now is just, like, unite as people, as, like, fanbases…all of it because, like, as much as, like, whatever we say behind people’s backs, cause the internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fanbases go, but I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love one another.”
Fans have been flooding social media, sending out messages of love and support to one another and especially, sending love to Ariana and the Arianators.
I love seeing how all the fandoms unite and show love for Ariana and Arianators in this kind of incident. 😭💯
— ⚡ (@shawndirectionx) May 24, 2017
It is so important that young people are getting this time to reaccess and truly learn to appreciate one another, without worrying about who is their fave artist or to which fandom they belong to. This is a time to come together and spread love in every way a person can, because in the end, it is the only thing that keeps us all going.
Directioners, Mixers, Selenators, KatyCats, Swifties, Harmonizers, etc. are setting a great example that young people are able to put their differences aside to make the world a better place.
Check out the full video of what Katy said in her interview below.
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